Family Portrait in Black and White: Sundance Review
Julia Ivanova's World Cinema Documentary Competition film features interesting personalities but its viewpoint is too fragmented to pull an audience along.
PARK CITY — Sundance Film Festival, World Cinema Documentary Competition — Centered on a Ukrainian family in which one husbandless woman has raised dozens of orphaned children, Family Portrait in Black and White, its name notwithstanding, paints its picture in many shades of gray. Sensitive but sluggish and lacking a single compelling narrative thread, its theatrical prospects are dim and small-screen potential is just a bit better.
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