Knowing the past changes the future. Seeking a connection to her heritage, Rebecca Hoffman sets out on a journey of discovery following the deaths of her adoptive parents. She finds that connection with her birth family in the Navajo community. But cultures clash when her husband is rejected as an outsider. Rebecca and her family experience rebirth in a rich culture and renewal as a family in this dramatic film based on the autobiography Looking for Lost Bird by Yvette Melanson (with Claire Safran).
Starring Mercedes Ruehl, Jamey Sheridan, Irene Bedard, Dinah Manoff, Tantoo Cardinal, Ned Romero, Louis Giambalvo, Julia McIlvaine, Michael Greyeyes and Cristine Rose.
Includes "Making of" featurette, behind-the-scenes interview, biographies, credits and production story.
Full-screen version; closed captioned.
Approx. 110 minutes running time.
Originally aired 11/19/00.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by QBella The Lost Child
1st time started viewing when protagonist meets her father. Brought back heart felt memories of my own reunion with my father at age 16. He had not seen me (us) since I was 11mos.old, my siblings much older, we'd been told he died. Made me realize that truth always prevails and that true love never dies. Our father never stopped believing that he'd see us before he died. FANTASTIC TESTIMONY TO KEEPING HOPE ALIVE!
July 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nature_Nurture An amazing true story of adoption
Child theft and illegal baby selling were not uncommon in the 1950s. In “The Lost Child,” Becky, played by Mercedes Ruehl, knew she was passed from person to person and then adopted as a young child, but she did not know the whole story until much later.
After her adoptive mother dies, Becky eventually leaves home and joins the military. She marries a “bartender/builder” and they have two daughters, but through it all the longing to find her birth family never leaves, a feeling many adoptees will recognize. Becky’s well-meaning husband tells her to let it go, but she has already posted her search on the Internet. She explains that she needs to find her family to “touch bottom and stop falling.”
About a third of the way into “The Lost Child” is the most electrifying moment of the film when Becky receives a reply to her Internet posting. What follows is a journey as amazing as Alice’s to Wonderland or Dorothy’s in Oz as Becky meets people who never forgot her and have been waiting all her life for her to return to them. To her original family, she was the lost child.
While viewers with a personal connection to adoption may find that the film echoes familiar feelings, others will also be captivated by this portrayal of the joys and challenges of a transnational adoption on American soil. After watching "The Lost Child," you will also understand the reason the Indian Child Welfare Act was enacted, and you will wonder if there really is a genetic basis for waking up before sunrise.
May 24, 2013