Cathy and Martin Ward, a stereotypical North American suburban couple, fight for years to adopt five siblings from a remote Ukrainian orphanage. When they finally succeed, a new drama ...
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Cathy and Martin Ward, a stereotypical North American suburban couple, fight for years to adopt five siblings from a remote Ukrainian orphanage. When they finally succeed, a new drama unfolds. A sensitive and emotional oldest girl Yuliya, who is eighteen, finds it unbearable to accept that the younger siblings don't need her care and protection any more. She forms much stronger bond with her adoptive father Martin than with Cathy, her adoptive mother, and rebels against suburban values. Yuliya's struggle to find her place in a new family becomes an ultimate test of her adoptive parents' ability to love unconditionally.'Written by
This chronicles a Canadian couple who set out to adopt a girl from a remote Ukrainian orphanage only to discover that she has four other sibling, ages 6 to 19, so they decide to try and adopt all of them.
The process takes several years and the documentary follows the family through the highs and lows. Brought up in unbearable conditions, all the children are damaged in one way or another. The oldest boy suffering from stunted growth due to lack of nutrition and looking much younger than 19. The eldest daughters story is sad as she has the most trouble adjusting to her new life, rebelling against suburban values and ultimately feeling lost as she no longer has to protect and care for her younger siblings. Really well done. I still think about this family and wonder what became of them. 03.13
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