Approved for Adoption
Approved for Adoption (2013)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2013
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

This 2012 feature is melancholy for a movie about childhood (probably too much so to appeal to children), but the intimate storytelling is appealing all the same.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

The movie is not always well unified and sequenced, but that seems to reflect Mr. Henin's ambivalence over a past that's like a book he is at once rereading and rewriting.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

The anecdotes Jung shares ache with honesty, effectively relating how he eventually reconciled his lack of a past with the promising future his new family offered him.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

"Approved for Adoption" is tough and tender, a rich resource for anyone who has been adopted, and anyone who plans to adopt.

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

Watching the animated memoir Approved for Adoption can stir a serenity like skipping stones on water for a delightfully long time.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Using a motley mix of often charming animation and live action which includes actual home footage of Jung as a child, as well as the present time...Approved for Adoption strives for a narrative and emotional complexity it sometimes achieves.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

The archival clips are eye-opening, and the animation, with its lovely subdued palette, is alive with the pains, joys and rascal spirit of childhood.

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Jay Weissberg
Variety

It's impossible not to be charmed on some level by Jung Henin and Laurent Boileau's Approved for Adoption, though it's best not to ask for too much.

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Robert Koehler
Film Comment Magazine

The hand-drawn animation here emphasizes the directness of the hand forming the image on paper, and the film becomes the ultimate expression of what started as the mere scribblings of little boy trying to find his place in the world.

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