Approved for Adoption (English Subtitled) 2014 NR

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This remarkable animated doc traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War.

Starring:
Maxym Anciaux, Cathy Boquet
Runtime:
1 hour, 15 minutes

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Approved for Adoption (English Subtitled)

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Genres International, Kids & Family
Director Laurent Boileau, Jung
Starring Maxym Anciaux, Cathy Boquet
Supporting actors Mahé Collet, Christelle Cornil, William Coryn, Jean-Luc Couchard, Aaricia Dubois, Alayin Dubois, Arthur Dubois, Nathalie Homs, Jung, David Macaluso, Jazz Marlier, David Murgia, Pauline Souren, Leo Van Bever
Studio Gkids
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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A heartfelt, unique, mostly animated film, this off-beat documentary is the autobiographic tale of co-director Jung's adoption in Korea by a Belgian family when he was a young orphan. It gives a good sense of the strangeness of leaving your homeland and culture at age 5, and the difficulties of growing up in with a family where you don't look like everyone else.

It's particularly effective at capturing the lingering paranoia that you're not always loved as deeply as the 'real' kids, and suggests there may even be some hints of truth in that fear re Jung's adoptive parents, at least from a child's perception. And yet the film is ultimately embracing of his adoption, without denying its challenges.

Jung himself has grown-up to be a successful illustrator, and his drawings form the basis of the animation that make up about 80% of the film (the rest are old home movies and stills, along with shots of the adult Jung pondering, and visiting Korea).

So why don't I love the film more? It's brave, honest, and different. But it sometimes feels both emotionally muted and repetitive. As personal as the story is, the stylistic choices, while interesting, make it feel like a fable more than a person's real experience. This is fed by the adult Jung's narration being read by an actor, not the man himself. And there is something artificial in that performance.

I watched the film twice, and appreciated it both times, but was never quite as swept up in it as I longed to be. That may be my loss, my limitation. I can imagine someone else being deeply moved. One to see for yourself.
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By codepink on January 16, 2015
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Many years ago in my training days as a clinical psychologist, I saw a Korean-American teenage girl who was adopted from South Korea. She was in the depths of depression and utterly silent in many of our sessions. I think a film like this would have given her a beginning for finding her voice.

Jung Henin is in his 40's now. He grew up in a time when adopted children weren't raised with an understanding of the culture they left behind. His sense of abandonment and being an outsider comes to a head as a teenager. The adult Jung who animates this film has made it through to the equanimity of adulthood and a life in art and storytelling. HIs deft depiction of the mannerisms and relationships between siblings --adopted or not --- is hilarious and familiar. It's not a linear narrative, but whose life is in memory or its telling and retelling?
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By John K on December 28, 2014
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I really liked the use of art with the story telling. Nicely done!
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By FL on December 7, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Nice Story
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