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Her adoptive mothers apparently feel wounded by her quest, though they mask their anger with a lot of psychobabble. (It would be helpful to know what their jobs are, but the film doesn't show us. They talk about their emotions and their daughter like psychologists: "She's making the whole thing so difficult for herself," Tova says.)

Avery is a champion-caliber track star, and shots of her competitions sprinkle the film. Even after she runs away from home and school, her life still is chronicled. This leaves you to wonder how this film was made and whether some of the scenes are re-created. It's helpful to know that the director, Nicole Opper, was Avery's film teacher and mentor since Avery was ten, and that the focus of their joint project was not planned in advance. Still, some scenes seem too convenient to be entirely believable. But this is not Hollywood--it's not trafficking in false hopes and easy, reassuring endings. If you're adopted or an adoptive parent, it might ring true for you.    (end of article)

[Originally published in April, 2011.]

 

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