Somewhere BetweenClosed Captioning
Linda Goldstein Knowlton
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In profiling Chinese adoptees in contemporary America, this deeply moving documentary from Linda Goldstein Knowlton ("The World According to Sesame Street") illustrates that even the most specific of experiences can be universally relatable. Of the roughly 80,000 girls who have been adopted from China since 1989—a decade after China implemented its One Child Policy—the film intimately follows four teenagers: Haley, Jenna, Ann and Fang. These four wise-beyond-their-years yet typical American teens reveal a heartbreaking sense of self-awareness as they attempt to answer the uniquely human question, "Who am I?" They meet and bond with other adoptees, some journey back to China to reconnect with the culture, and some reach out to the orphaned girls left behind. In their own ways, all attempt to make sense of their complex identities. Issues of belonging, race and gender are brought to life through these articulate subjects, who approach life with honesty and open hearts.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 25
- Fresh: 22
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Somewhere Between" presents an effortlessly moving but superficial profile of four bright Chinese girls and their adoptive American families.
Fresh: You'd have to be a stone not to be moved.
Fresh: A warm-hearted if somewhat over-orchestrated documentary that gives voice to four teenaged adoptees from loving but very different homes.
Fresh: A play-it-safe, by-the-numbers kind of documentary - yet somehow it gets under your skin.
My family adopted my sister at a very young age from China. Because she is only seven now my family did not bring her to see this movie, which was probably a good decision. The movie follows several adopted girls finding their way in life, one of which attempts to find her family (*spoiler alert* She succeeds and it is a very inspiring moment). Being the only member of my family to support my sister growing up knowing her Chinese heritage and fully supporting it, I thought this movie was AMAZING! The rest of my family thought it was great, too, but not to the extent that I felt. Must watch if you have adopted or are going to adopt :D
A Must See
A simply outstanding tale of identity, love, family and what it means to be adopted. You won't want to miss this poignant documentary!
Spent several years in China myself thus decided to rent this, which was a great decision. I felt a bit sorry for those girls who grew up not speaking any Chinese and totally removed from all Chinese culture, yet on the whole each one of their abilities to articulate their feelings was amazing. Definitely raises many questions about the morality of international adoption for both sides of the argument.
And Haley's Dad....my heart broke for that man.