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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Chinese adoptees look for their origins in moving docu.

Movie PG 2021 97 minutes
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Found is an extraordinary piece of work. This beautifully, lovingly rendered film homes in on the meaning of family and the importance of human connection. As one adoptive parent puts it, adoption is all about grieving, by the kids given up for seemingly unknown reasons, and the anonymous birthparents who painfully gave those children up.

We see dedicated adoptive parents eager to help their kids learn what they can about their birthparents. The three Chinese-born girls confront emotions they didn't know they had, unraveling hidden fears of abandonment and learning empathy for biological parents who were powerless to make any decision but abandonment. We meet the orphanage caretakers who miraculously remember each baby, and though they were happy that the babies would be taken care of by loving adoptive parents, they also mourned the loss of babies they'd cared for over many months. If the film has a flaw, it would be postponing footage of the trip to China and the emotional revelations it exposes for the girls, their parents, and potential birthparents targeted by the dogged researcher.

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