Finding a Family

  • PG
  • Mark Jean (2011)
  • US
  • 88 min
Finding a Family
Film Review
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3 out of 5

American teenager Alex Chivescu (Jared Abrahamson) seems to encounter nothing but bad luck in this intensely moving and inspirational true story. Consequently, viewers may need their hankies, as the immigrant's son battles to pursue his Harvard dream after mum Ileana's escalating mental problems force him into care. Every time there's an up in the episodic drama, Alex's world comes tumbling down again, leaving it to the kindness of the clich├ęd characters he meets to add hope to the emotional, though often simplistically resolved, events. It's all very manipulative but clearly heartfelt, driving home positive messages about education, perseverance and family. A likeable Abrahamson makes you really root for Alex to succeed, while Kim Delaney brings commendable pathos and dignity to her role as his struggling mother.

Plot Summary

True-life drama starring Jared Abrahamson and Kim Delaney. After a car accident leaves his mother unfit to take care of him, a promising young student searches for foster parents that can help him realise his dream of attending a top university.

Cast and crew


Kim Delaney
Alex Chivescu
Jared Abrahamson
Suzanne Bante
Sarah-Jane Redmond
Jim Bante
Paul McGillion
Jen Bante
MacKenzie Porter
Genevieve Buechner
Dee Jay Jackson
Alex at 10
Collin MacKechnie
Rafael Pellerin


Mark Jean

Other Information

Certificate PG

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