Eleven-year-old Masha Kulabokhova is about to be adopted into fourteen-year-old Cami Diaz's family. Masha grew up in a Russian orphanage; Cami was born and raised in Wisconsin and has been the exclusive focus of her parents' love her whole life. The process of Masha becoming part of the Diaz family is going to change both girls forever.
Masha is not the only new member of the Diaz family. Cami's parents, Claudio and Cheryl Diaz, have also adopted five-year old twins, Marcel and Vadim. The reality of bonding with children who have grown up in institutions turns out to be more difficult than the Diaz's had ever imagined. They need help. The Diaz's hire two of the world's best developmental psychologists to help them rebuild their family - through science.
By working through Dr Marvin's program, the Diaz's are being connected with the latest scientific discoveries into how evolution has hard-wired parents and children to interact in ways that optimize a child's development. But can a scientific program really change the way the Diaz family love each other? Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking The Dark Matter of Love fuses the story of the Diaz family learning to love with extremely rare archive footage of science experiments that explore parent child love. The science of love has an intriguing and dark past. Experiments on monkeys, birds and even human children have contributed to science's knowledge of love's inner workings. Director Sarah McCarthy weaves extraordinary footage of these experiments into the narrative, drawing audiences deeper into the dark matter of love and encouraging them to look at their own relationships through an unflinching, scientific lens.