Family Portrait in Black and White Synopsis
Olga Nenya, a Ukrainian foster mother, discusses racist attitudes directed toward her many children.

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83

Christian Science Monitor

By Peter Rainer
It's a fascinating story, fascinatingly told.
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80

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
The film's emotional and psychological textures suffer for those losses, but Family is still riveting viewing.
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80

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
Leaves a lot of questions unanswered, which is frustrating, but it gets high marks for honesty.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Julia Ivanova, a Canadian filmmaker, doesn't judge Olga; she refuses to see her through the eyes of a presumably better-off first-world...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Though only 85 minutes, the film captures an entire, bewilderingly extended family and way of life inside a sturdy frame.
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58

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
There's no organizing principle in Ivanova's documentary, which unfolds in a ragged, seat-of-the-pants style that mirrors its subject's...
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A multilayered complex exploration of a family

By timecode09
I saw it at Sundance. This film simply dazzles. The deeply personal relationships between parents, children, spouses, and potential exes or absentee parents are things that can’t be glossed over in a...

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Rated NR