Top Film Picks on DVD/Blu-ray: Hard-Hitting 'Oranges and Sunshine'; 'The Worst Person in the World'; and More

LJ's film columnist picks the month's top indie and foreign films, now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Farewell Amor. 102 min. Ekwa Msangi, Criterion Collection. 2020. DVD UPC 715515273015. $29.99; Blu-ray UPC 715515272919. $39.95. DRAMA

Seventeen years after being separated during the Angolan civil war, a New York City cab driver (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) welcomes his wife (Zainab Jah) and daughter (Jayme Lawson) to the U.S. In her auspicious feature-film debut, Ekwa Msangi shows the long-estranged refugee family’s struggle to reconnect by using a three-chapter structure to show each character’s perspective. Dance turns out to be the unifying experience that bridges their differences. VERDICT This realistic yet hopeful film should find an appreciative audience.

Mr. Klein. 123 min. In French with English subtitles. Criterion Collection. 1976. Blu-ray UPC 715515271615. $39.95. DRAMA

In 1942 Vichy Paris, an opportunistic art dealer named Robert Klein (Alain Delon) takes advantage of fleeing Jews, offering cut-rate compensation for their valuables as he lives the high life. Then Klein finds that he shares a name with a Jewish member of the anti-Nazi resistance contingent, setting up a case of mistaken identity that turns Kafkaesque in its nightmarish implications. Joseph Losey directs with almost too-cool detachment, while Delon exudes creeping paranoia. VERDICT Restored with newly translated subtitles, this noted work belongs in most foreign film collections.

Oranges and Sunshine. 10 5min. Cohen Media Group. 2010. Blu-ray UPC 738329258276. $29.99. DRAMA

Based on a true story, director Jim Loach’s muckraking drama recounts the tireless efforts of 1980s Nottingham social worker Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson) to reunite surviving family members with the thousands of displaced children deported from the U.K. to Australia for more than two decades. Picking oranges off trees in a sunny paradise was the lie told to kids who were often forced into hard labor by their supposedly charitable keepers. A powerful look at a shameful system that sensibly keeps its focus personal. VERDICT Fans of hard-hitting exposés will rejoice.

Parallel Mothers. 123 min. In Spanish with English subtitles. Sony. 2021. DVD UPC 043396581227. $25.99; Blu-ray UPC 043396581265. $30.99. DRAMA

This seventh collaboration between director Pedro Almodóvar and actress Penélope Cruz earned an Oscar nod for Cruz, who plays Janis, an expectant mother sharing a hospital room with pregnant teen Ana (Milena Smit). The women stay in touch after giving birth; then, following a tragedy, Ana accepts a job as a live-in babysitter for Janis. Their relationship takes an unexpected turn after the startling revelation that their newborns were mistakenly switched in the maternity ward. VERDICT With an ending that honors lost family members—both young and old—this keeper has wide appeal.

The Worst Person in the World. 128 min. In Norwegian with English subtitles. Criterion Collection. 2021. DVD UPC 715515273718. $29.95; Blu-ray UPC 715515273619. $39.95. Rated: R. DRAMA

Four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve)—a free-spirited, nearly 30-year-old college student struggling to find herself while changing boyfriends and switching majors—unfolds in novelistic chapters (plus prologue and epilogue), along with the occasional voiceover narration. The final film in director Joachim Trier’s informal “Oslo Trilogy,” following Reprise (2006) and Oslo, August 31st (2011), thwarts the usual romantic drama clichés with a complicated portrayal of a sometimes-prickly character. VERDICT The Cannes Film Festival–awarded Reinsve is a selling point.

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