Oranges and Sunshine is a star-studded drama about one of the biggest scandals of Britain after World War II: the adoption and deportation of 130,000 children from the UK to Australia during the 40s and 50s.
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[3,5] Very mature narrative, being able to explore both emotional and ethical aspects of this absolutely shocking story, without falling in the soap opera category. More than one hundred thousand children used to achieve the "ideal" whiteness colonization in Australia gives you something to think about the British Empire mentality.
Seamless editing and humble cinematography act as a supporting statement of the case. But it is the vocation-fuelled Emily Watson’s performance with its unsurpassed capacity to understand and embrace all the child migrants' traumas that makes this film powerful. A motherly wisdom radiating from her eyes..