An enchanting hybrid of animation and live-action, this adaptation of co-director Jung’s autobiographical graphic novel recounts his childhood and adolescence after a Belgian couple adopts him from a South Korean orphanage in the early 1970s. Though Jung—who, we learn, was just one of many adopted Asian kids in his Belgian town during this era—is raised by loving parents and supported by his four older siblings, he often feels like an outsider. During his teenage years, he endures many painful episodes, some self-inflicted, in his struggle to define his identity. Interspersed throughout the animated sequences—rendered in beautiful sepia hues—of this lively character’s youth is footage of the real Jung, now 43 years old, in his native country, trying to learn more about his past. Approved for Adoption poignantly traces one man’s interrogation of ethnicity and culture. During this memorable quest, Jung learns to redefine “home”—and, in the process, discovers the seeds of his many talents.
“A black and white comic with round lines and a sense of innocence, Couleur de peau: miel is an unabashed cathartic process. Far from being a mere animated reproduction, this film adaptation displays a pretty visual inventiveness so as to materialize the hybrid identity of an adopted child.”
Carole Millerili, Critikat.com
Laurent Boileau, Jung
Laurent Boileau, Jung. Based on the graphic novel Couleur de peau: Miel by Jung Henin.
Jung Adult: William Coryn
Jung’s Adoptive Mother: Christelle Cornil
Jung’s Adoptive Father: Jean-Luc Couchard
Jung, 8 Years Old: Arthur Dubois
Jung, 17 Years old: David Macaluso
RUNNING TIME 70’
PRODUCTION Belgium, France, South Korea, Switzerland, 2012
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD