New to Stream: The Worst Person In The World and New Star Wars Spin-Off Obi-Wan Kenobi

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THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Cert 15, 128 mins, Comedy/Drama/Romance, MUBI, available now on MUBI, available from May 27 on Amazon/BT TV Store/Curzon Home Cinema/iTunes/Sky Store/TalkTalk TV Store and other download and streaming services, available from 20 June on DVD £19.99 / Blu-ray £26.99)

With: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum, Silje Storstein.

STUDENT Julie (Renate Reinsve) is in the throes of an existential crisis that she herself caused.

She casually changes her scientific orientation from medicine to psychology and then to photography.

Boyfriend Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), 15 years her senior and successful graphic novelist, is ready to settle down and have kids, but Julie resists.

One night, she hosts a wedding reception and verbally spars with a guest named Eivind (Herbert Nordrum).

Soon after, Julie dumps Aksel to embark on a passionate relationship with the new man.

Surface of regrets. When you don’t have to maintain the grass on the other side of the fence, it’s bound to be greener.

Nominated for two Oscars, including Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature, The Worst Person In The World is an exuberant comedy-drama carefully distilled into 12 chapters, an epilogue and a prologue.

Reinsve’s irresistible performance draws on a script co-written by director Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, which sends Julie on a fragile tightrope between celebration and self-annihilation.

At one point, Aksel devours an article Julie wrote about female sexuality and calls it “intellectual Viagra.”

The stimulating image of Trier also deserves such praise.

It’s an exhilarating trek along Julie’s emotional spectrum, from tearful loneliness and crushing despair to reckless, giddy abandonment, including a second chapter titled Cheating that brilliantly captures the heady scent of possibility when a flirtatious first meeting.

“We didn’t cheat,” Julie and Eivind agree with mutual smirks.

Nor does World’s Worst Person cheat in his quest for rich, layered, and uncomfortably relatable characterization.

Rating: 4/5

OBI-WAN KENOBI (6 episodes, starts streaming from May 27 exclusively on Disney+, Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Adventure)

THERE is a disturbance in the Force when the latest Star War series releases its lightsaber on Disney+, expanding a galaxy far, far away that already includes The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett.

Sharing his title with one of the most beloved characters in George Lucas’ otherworldly saga, Obi-Wan Kenobi is set 10 years after the heartbreak and hope of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith , which ended with Ben Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) Luke Skywalker leaving in the care of his step-uncle and aunt, Owen and Beru Lars (Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse), on Tatooine while twin sister Leia is raised like a princess on Alderaan.

Ben is still in exile, keeping tabs on Luke (Grant Feely), but former Jedi apprentice Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) has fully embraced the dark side as Sith Lord Darth Vader.

He intends to extinguish any flame of rebellion against the Galactic Empire led by Emperor Palpatine, aided by ruthless Inquisitors including Reva Sevander (Moses Ingram).

The first two episodes arrive this week, and a third surfaces on June 1. Subsequent installments start every Wednesday.

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