Claudio and Cheryl Diaz live in Wisconsin with their four children. One, Cami, is their biological daughter; the others are three orphans whom the couple adopted from Russia: 11-year-old Masha and 5-year-old twins Marcel and Vadim.
This is the world of “The Dark Matter of Love,” a new documentary by director Sarah McCarthy premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next weekend.
McCarthy followed the family through their first year together, as Masha, Marcel and Vadim adjusted to life in America and Claudio and Cheryl turned to developmental psychologist Dr. Robert Marvin for insight from his scientific research on the nature of love.
Late last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law that banned American citizens from adopting Russian children. As The New York Times reported when the bill was approved, the ban added new strain to an already tense diplomatic relationship and disrupted plans for many American families in the final stages of adopting children from Russia.
In the lyrical clip below from “The Dark Matter of Love,” provided exclusively to Thompson On Hollywood!, Dr. Marvin discusses the challenge faced by parents like Claudio and Cheryl as they welcome new family members into their home. “A family’s job,” he says, “is to teach the child, in a sense, to dance this new dance.”
“The Dark Matter of Love” premieres in Toronto on September 7.