Reviewed byangeleno34Vote: 9/10/10
What is it like to be a little girl, flown out of China with some senseof past home, place and life, then adopted and raised as an American ina secure home with love and good parenting? This skillfully-madedocumentary puts you in the shoes--no, the skins--of four young womenwho, in the words of one, are like bananas, yellow outside and whiteinside. They are all bright, well-educated, hard-working, and grounded,but something is still missing in their lives.
Just what should China mean to them? Is it the tiny but tantalizingpossibility of finding a birth parent, with the surprises that mightbring--a story that has been told many times? Is it the sense of aplace where they visibly fit in? Is it the need to share their feelingswith other kids like themselves? And what of the lingering feelingthat, before they were adopted, they were rejected? You will experienceall these things alongside these young women, as they travel to Europeand China, grow, and open up like flowers. Is it enough to feelChinese, or must she feel like a Dai (minority) person because shelooks like one? Where does that lead her? What does it feel like to bein the stark orphanage that she dimly recalls? And what does she feelwhen she sees a bright little girl like she was, but trapped in a boxin that orphanage because of a disability that could be treated?
I agree with Los Angeles Times reviewer Kenneth Turan, whoseprofessional review I commend to you, that only a stone would not bemoved by this film.
Reviewed byTiladeVote: 8/10/10
I remember putting "Somewhere Between" (2011) on my IMDb watchlist assoon as I found it in the trailer gallery, but for some reasons Ididn't watch it until now. Now, more than an hour after the film'sfinished, I struggle to arrange my thoughts and I guess it has to dowith the fact that I'm also adopted from China (to Swedish adoptiveparents). The unsatisfying knowledge of never being able to get to knowmy biological parents has stuck with me for years but has almostdissolved. Watching Haley meet her biological parents was fascinating,and as Ann I felt a sting of envy. I guess what I want to say is thatI'm very happy to have watched "Somewhere Between" and it left mehopeful for the future. This is an important documentary everyoneshould see, adopted or not, as it deals with coming to terms with one'sidentity!
Reviewed bychnfilmVote: 8/10/10
There are plenty of tears shed on the screen and even more by the movietheater audience,myself included.The movie does a beautiful jobportraying the lives of the Chinese adoptees and the many challengesthey face.One thing that I took away from Somewhere Between is the needthe children shared in knowing about their heritage.For some it is adesire to perhaps visit the orphanage or village they came from or forothers it may be too track down their birth parents.The movie is anabsolute delight and will appeal to a wide range of movie-goers,butwill especially touch those in the adoption community who can relatefirst hand about the heartfelt journey of adoption.
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN tells the intimate stories of four teenaged girls. They live in different parts of the US, in different kinds of families and are united by one thing: all four were adopted from China because all four had birth parents who could not keep them, due to personal circumstances colliding with China's "One Child Policy". These strong young women allow us to grasp what it is like to come-of-age in today's America as trans-racial adoptees. At the same time, we see them as typical American teenagers doing what teenagers everywhere do...struggling to make sense of their lives. Through these young women, and their explorations of who they are, we ourselves pause to consider who we are - both as individuals and as a nation of immigrants. Identity, racism, and gender...these far-reaching issues are explored in the documentary. And with great honesty and courage, these four girls open their hearts to experience love, compassion, and self-acceptance.