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Alive with the pains, joys and rascal spirit of childhood. A vibrant example of hybrid nonfiction filmmaking, using hand-drawn animation, live action, home movies and newsreels in a rich synthesis of personal and historical memory."
- Los Angeles Times
Superb! Deeply Moving!
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Dazzling! Incredibly Moving!"
- Film International
"Rich in emotion, humor, and poetry."
"A story of resilience and great courage!"
- Le Figaro
"Unflaggingly honest, beautiful and revealing!"
- Epoch Times
"It's impossible not to be charmed!"
APPROVED FOR ADOPTION
Animated Documentary, Laurent Boileau/Jung Henin, France, 2012, 75 minutes
In French with English subtitles
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. It is the story of a boy stranded between two cultures. Sepia-toned animated vignettes – some humorous and some poetic – track Jung from the day he first meets his new blond siblings, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and ignite the latent biases of his adoptive parents. The filmmaker tells his story using his own animation intercut with snippets of super-8 family footage and archival film. The result is an animated memoir like no other: clear-eyed and unflinching, humorous and wry, and above all, inspiring in the capacity of the human heart.
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