Off and Running (2010)

Off and Running (2010)

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An intimate and earnest examination of race, gender identity, and the definition of "family," this sociological documentary chronicle filters said themes through the eyes of Avery Klein-Cloud, an intelligent and generally well-adjusted teenager from Brooklyn with decidedly unusual circumstances. Though African-American herself, Avery grew up with two Jewish lesbian foster mothers, who also adopted two boys, one Korean and the other of mixed ethnicity. Encouraged by both mothers to get in touch with her biological mom for the first time, Avery writes a letter to the woman, but this decision sparks a profound identity crisis in Avery and contributes to increasingly disturbing behavior. As she questions who she is, she also begins spending lengthy periods of time away from home, drops out of school, and suffers from feelings of isolation and abandonment--and her plan to attend university on a track-and-field scholarship seems increasingly unlikely. What therefore commences as a meaningful journey of self-enlightenment regresses into a far more dangerous personal crisis for the young woman.
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A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white.

Full Review… | April 1, 2010
Boston Globe
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The director, Nicole Opper, makes space for the complexities of transracial adoption without forcing her film into a predetermined, inspirational box.

January 29, 2010
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 28, 2010
New York Post
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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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | October 28, 2009
Variety
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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?"

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Examiner.com

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Avery comes from a loving family nicknamed The United Nations. Her search and contact with her birth mother causes Avery to fall into a downward spiral. Thankfully she manages to pull herself out of it but the journey is long and painful. A fascinating look at a modern American family and the obstacles they face. Thank goodness for diversity.

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