Oranges and Sunshine

Friday, September 30 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Oranges and Sunshine

JOY REVIEW

Oranges and Sunshine is another black-eye for the Brits. My gosh, I think most of us think of them as being incredibly moral, a little uptight and repressed, but moral people, and there’s been a slew of movies that suggest this may not be the case. This is certainly one of them. This one follows a social worker who’s played in a very drab fashion by Emily Watson, who’s a terrific actress, and Hugo Weaving, and in fact, everybody’s kind of low-key in this one and David Wenham.  The story is that she is a woman who deals with adoptees, and the opening scene is heartbreaking and it gets sadder from then on in that she hears a story of a woman who remembers being on a boat as a young child, without any supervision. And Emily, says well it couldn’t have been and it turns out — I will tell you sort of the punch line of the story because I don’t think it really gives a whole lot away: The Brits, as their version of social welfare, sent 130,000 children to the colonies including the United States and Australia to essentially be slave labor because these were children of single parents, welfare mothers, or whatever the Brits decided were undesirables and sent them off essentially to slavery. It’s a heartbreaking story. Apparently it is true and this is the story of how she sort of exposed them at great peril, personal peril to her herself and her family. I don’t think this movie’s going to make $0.28, but it’s something that people should see. It’s an interesting part of history it would seem. So, I give it three stars.

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