Having adopted a Chinese baby girl herself, director Linda Goldstein Knowlton decided to make a doc following four teenage girls who had also been adopted from China — refugees, essentially, of the infamous One Child Policy — and raised in America. On the surface, Somewhere Between is disarmingly touching and positive, but it barely touches on the issues these surprisingly well-adjusted teens are dealing with. The adoptive parents, for instance, remain largely unseen and unheard. That is, until an awkward scene where one girl meets her birth parents and her adoptive mother bluntly asks, “So, who abandoned her?” It’s the film’s provocative moment, and a glimpse into the depths Knowlton left unexplored. —Catherine Haas (Ritz at the Bourse)
This doc following four teenage girls who had also been adopted from China is touching but avoids some real issues.
City Paper Grade: B-
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