Off and Running
Off and Running (2010)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

A patient, slightly stiff, often intensely moving portrait of a girl who believes her choices are literally black and white.

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Ella Taylor
Village Voice

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.

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...a personal and insightful character study

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

The director, Nicole Opper, makes space for the complexities of transracial adoption without forcing her film into a predetermined, inspirational box.

Dennis Harvey

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.

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Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

This documentary not only provides a look at a most unique and diverse family, but provides a subtext of environment vs. heredity

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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Adam Lippe

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?"

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Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook

Blessed with candid subjects, a sure sense of emotional honesty and an eye for drawing out the power of small moments, Opper has produced a memorable, deeply affecting film.

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