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A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white.
The director, Nicole Opper, makes space for the complexities of transracial adoption without forcing her film into a predetermined, inspirational box.
As the father of an adopted daughter, I was very moved. But the film is so well done that just about anybody will have that feeling.
Opper doesn't angle for a climactic group hug, but she sticks around long enough to allow us to exhale while this intelligent young woman begins to set herself, quite literally, back on track.
What at first looks like a heartwarming portrait of a highly blended modern family turns into a no less engrossing illustration of that situation's possible pitfalls in Off and Running.
Off and Running is so careful about being non-judgmental, that it dares you to judge it for being too diverse and multi-cultural. Was this POV chosen so we could chastise ourselves for not accepting someone because they are "different?"
...a personal and insightful character study
This documentary not only provides a look at a most unique and diverse family, but provides a subtext of environment vs. heredity
Blessed with candid subjects, a sure sense of emotional honesty and an eye for drawing out the power of small moments, Opper has produced a memorable, deeply affecting film.
Captures raw emotion of adopted teen grappling with her African-American identity -- happy ever after is subjective in America where race makes everything more complicated.
Nice coming-of-age doc about an African-American teen who shares a Brooklyn brownstone with the white Jewish lesbian parents who adopted her and two adopted siblings.
Plots of coming of age narrative features often exploit teenagers' raging hormones and explore the high jinx fueled by them. In contrast, Nicole Opper's coming of age documentary is a serious study about an adolescent's search for her personal identity
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