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Parents' Guide to

Somewhere Between

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Adoption docu is heartwarming and emotional.

Movie NR 2013 88 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Doesn't need the answers, and asks the right questions!

Both my 13 yr old daughter and I enjoyed "Somewhere Between". As you know if you live it adoption is complicated with no clear answers. This movie brings to the forefront the questions and struggles of many adoptive families, not only for families with children from China. We are an African American adoptive family, and we found we could relate to the emotions and feelings discussed in the movie. Movies don't always need to have the answers sometimes they just need to show us the questions. "Somewhere Between" does a great job of bringing up relevant issues in adoption, and I highly recommend it for everyone.

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Is It Any Good?

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For a documentary to compel, it needs a strong subject at its center, and SOMEWHERE BETWEEN is gifted with one. From the moment the filmmaker Linda Goldstein Knowlton reveals her motivation for making this movie -- she has adopted a baby from China and would like to give her a sense of her history -- and tracks other girls who try to make sense of their own adoption, the movie is anchored with compassion and purpose. In doing so, Somewhere Between enlightens and, as with the case of Haley, who travels all the way to China to come face to face with her parents, breaks our hearts.

Haley notwithstanding, the film keeps its subjects at a remove. We sense that there will be many more years to untangle the knot of identity for these girls, but the movie doesn't ask those questions. The hopeful message is inspiring, of course, but it brings up more issues than it answers.

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