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Approved for Adoption: CMA / L'Albatros

This remarkable animated documentary 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.

Directed by Laurent Boileau and Jung

Belgium/France/South Korea/Switzerland, 2012, subtitles, color/b&w, Blu-ray 

75 min. 

View trailer

5:45 PM MOVIE  Cleveland Museum of Art, downstairs in Morley Lecture Hall 

Movie admission: $9; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students $7

Look for me downstairs before/after the film (tall, black coat). If you miss the group at CMA, please go ahead to the restaurant (see address below) and ask to be seated with the "movie group."

Parking: CMA has an attendant parking garage. $6 for 2 hrs.; $1 per 30 min. thereafter. There is also metered street parking. 

7:15 PM EATS/DISCUSSION   L'Albatros Brasserie & Bar, 11401 Bellflower Rd. 44106   LE MENU

If the weather is nice, I will probably walk to the restaurant.

Movie Reviews:

'Approved for Adoption is tough and tender, a rich resource for anyone who has been adopted, and anyone who plans to adopt.'  ~Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

'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.' ~Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times


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  • Lynda

    Filmmaker and talented artist Jung chose a unique way of describing his challenges as an orphaned child growing up in his adoptive family. I was impressed with the way film + drawings were melded together into an engaging movie. It gave us much to discuss at wonderful L'Albatros!

    April 12, 2014

  • Susan

    Lovely movie, lovely company, lovely food.

    April 11, 2014

  • Susan

    me too, me too!

    April 9, 2014

  • Lynda

    I am looking forward to this. The movie looks good, L'Albatros is one of my favorites, and what a nice group to share it!

    April 9, 2014

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