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'Family Portrait in Black and White': A haven has its heartaches ★★★ 1/2
It sounds like a frontal assault on the tear ducts: a documentary about a formidable Ukrainian foster mother whose yellow Crocs belie a steely controlling streak, and her various orphan kids, mostly of biracial parentage. But "Family Portrait in Black and White" steers clear of sentimentality, heading instead toward more complicated and resonant matters of racism and the mixed blessing (based on the film's evidence) that is Olga Nenya, the woman at the center.
September 13, 2012