Tag Archives: Adoption

One Child Nation (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Memories of Policy

Documentary film “One Child Nation”, which won the Grand Jury Prize when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, is often powerful and heart-wrenching in its sobering but intimate presentation of one brutal family policy … Continue reading

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Luce (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They need to talk about their adopted son…

“Luce” is supposed to be a complex and compelling drama on race and identity, but it somehow left me with considerable dissatisfaction. While raising several interesting questions to reflect on, the movie often feels contrived and heavy-handed in terms of … Continue reading

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Woman at War (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her comically defiant activism

“Woman at War”, which was selected as the Icelandic entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in last year, is a dry black comedy film packed with whimsical touches to delight us. While steadily and seriously maintaining its deadpan attitude … Continue reading

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Three Identical Strangers (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Far stranger than fiction

Documentary film “Three Identical Strangers” starts with an incredible real-life story and then reveals a far more unbelievable thing which remains shrouded in questions even at present. I will try not to reveal too much here in this review, but, … Continue reading

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Lion (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A long way to his hometown

Based on one remarkable real-life story, “Lion” tries to tug at our heartstrings, and it succeeds with several powerful moments during its first half. Although it stumbles a bit during the second half which is more conventional in comparison, the … Continue reading

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Twinsters (2015) ☆☆☆ (3/4): Twin sisters’ reunion after 25 years

Documentary film “Twinsters” starts its story with one unbelievable encounter which can happen only in our digital era. Two young women suddenly came to learn of each other’s presence through online communication, and they were naturally surprised by their uncanny … Continue reading

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Approved for Adoption (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : An outsider between two countries

Some animation films try different things outside the usual territory for young audiences, and little Belgian animation feature film “Approved for Adoption”, which was released as “Couleur de peau: Miel” in Europe, is one of such works. It is not … Continue reading

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