Blue Bayou, stifled drama

CRITICAL – Former star of the saga Twilight, the actor Justin Chon signs a poignant film on the fight of an adopted South Korean, threatened with extradition, in South Louisiana.

Presented in official selection at La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs during the last Cannes Film Festival, present in competition in Deauville, Blue bayou is one of those shocking films that take you by the throat. Directed by actor-director Justin Chon (Ms. Purple), this drastic drama denounces with force and emotion an unrecognized absurdity in the American adoption system, which can even lead to the expulsion from the territory of adopted children who have become adults. This creeping legal vacuum is as devious as ordinary racism.

It all starts with an informal exchange between a garage owner and the hero who has come to look for work with his 10-year-old daughter. As he is about to become a dad, Antonio LeBlanc (Justin Chon himself), a freelance tattoo artist, is looking to change jobs. We will never see the face of the mechanic who asks him “Where he got such a name” and “Where he was really born”. The scene includes a series of micro-aggressions unfortunately typical of racism

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