VIFF 2012 review: High Five: An Adoption Saga

(Canada)
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Yet another documentary portraying the complicated reality behind the idealistic notion of international adoption. A childless couple embarks on the years-long process of bringing an entire family of five kids from Ukraine to their cookie-cutter Surrey suburb. Some assimilate better than others, with the eldest teen daughter, in particular, having to give up her mothering role and try to adjust to the house rules. Director Julia Ivanova asks hard questions and finds that there are no easy answers.

Granville, October 6 (9:15 p.m.); Pacific Cinémathèque, October 8 (4 p.m.) and 12 (3:45 p.m.)

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