Documentary on the psychological aspects of growing up with and without parental love. It centers around the Diaz family, who chooses to adopt three orphans from Russia, and how their new and old kids handle family together.


“The Dark Matter of Love” is a look at what adoption means now. The film has this weird historical place in time, as Putin has banned foreign adoption of Russian children. This was spurred by many Westerners abandoning or returning problematic children back to the Russian orphanages that spawned them. However, where does the issues with these kids begin? After all, you don’t leave America, Canada or Europe to venture to Russia with the intent of not taking a kid. Adoptive parents are willing to make a level of commitment without realizing what it takes for a burgeoning person to become a member of a new family.

Behavior modification isn’t new. The Diaz family get to frame the efforts to train the three kids to their new way of life by quickly adopting them into a traditional Western home. The documentary litters in little facts like how a child’s IQ goes up after being successfully adopted. But, it doesn’t matter when the kids won’t take new names. The kids are going to pick favorites and their sheer presence will shift the home into their favor. After all, the American family adopts three kids to match the three of them. Now, you’ve got four kids and the majority are strangers to you. I probably shouldn’t have watched “Orphan” right after this documentary, but I keep seeing eery parallels.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is on par with most documentary releases. The standard definition transfer is clean. The same goes for the Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014

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