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Sisters of War (Blu-ray + DVD) (2010) (Region 2) (Import)


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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DZ9M4Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This is product is in the English Language but part of the cover may have Nordic Languages it (Finnish, Norwegian, Danish & Swedish )

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a made for Australian TV movie. During WWII Australia is fighting the Japanese. They are on an island in New Guinea. When a ship lands, they think it is the Americans come to rescue them only to find it is the Japanese. The Australian soldiers flee to the jungle leaving behind the hospital and nurses and nuns to the "mercy" of the Japanese. The bishop manages to save their lives by claiming they are Nazis loyal to Hitler.

The hospital suffers hardships. Australian soldiers are captured and tortured. One of the Japanese soldiers form bonds with a nun and break the stereotypes. The bishop, who saved them is suspected of being a traitor. Tradition religious beliefs are questioned during the hardships of war. The nurses work to save people they would rather see die. The Americans have no misgivings about bombing what they think is an enemy hospital. The movie makes you feel the sad realities of war without constantly showing you the horrors of war. And like real life, there are some moments of humor and gladness. The Japanese captain, who had initially ordered the death of everyone shows he is more than a one-sided stereotyped figure we see in so many WWII films.

Sarah Snook gives us an Academy performance as Nurse Lorna Whyte. She sees things as black and white, good and evil. She excuses the Americans for their deeds. She is friends with a nun excellently portrayed by Claire van der Boom. Claire likewise has a black and white code, but one that is solidly different from Lorna's.

Excellent acting. Excellent drama.

No f-bombs, nudity, or sex. There are minimal scenes of violence to women.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andy on 2 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
In 1991 auctioneer Rod Miller found a diary that had belonged to Grace Kruger with cryptic writing inside, he researched the events inside the diary and in 1997 met two of the people who would eventually be depicted in the film. He then met other people connected with the diary, and some twenty years after finding Grace Kruger's cryptic prose "Sisters Of War" was produced.

This is not an action film full of battle scenes, it is a film about the experiences of the captives and of the captors during the occupation of Papua New Guinea by the Japanese.

Based on real events, it is an account of the invasion of New Britain (Papua New Guinea) in 1942 by Japan, and the imprisonment of Australian soldiers, nurses, nuns and a Bishop by the invaders, at a catholic mission, of atrocities committed by the Japanese soldiers, and the story of those who did or in some cases did not survive.

The Japanese are informed by the Bishop that the mission has the blessing of Hitler (one of Japans allies) the people of the mission thus avoiding immediate execution - but for how long?

This is not (thankfully) a big budget Hollywood blockbuster - it is an Australian television production, and what an excellent one it is too. Superb performances convey the unimaginable tension of the situation, and, as is the nature of war, the fact that no one knew how or when it would end for them.

With the one and a half hour main film there are some short features on the DVD: "The Women Behind The Film" documentary; "On The Set" documentary; "Deleted Scenes"; "Paulini Curuenavuli Music Video"; and other trailers.

The "The Women Behind The Film" documentary with two of the captives - Sister Berenice Twohill and nurse Lorna Whyte, is recommended viewing.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
This tells a part of the story of World War II that is all but ignored, let alone forgotten. It is of the Australian rapid withdrawal from New Guinea. A contingent of soldiers who are mostly wounded with their doctors and nurses are retreating to a Catholic mission at Rabual. When they get there, the mission Sisters take them in and share everything with them.

They think the Americans are on their way to rescue them as this is 1942 and events at Pearl `Harbor' has brought the Americans into the War with a taste for vengeance. One nurse Lorna Wyhte (Sarah Snook) befriends one of the sisters, a sister Berenice (Claire van der Boom). They learn from and with each other and to face the horrors of trying to deal with the injured men and the lack of basic victuals and medicine.

Then they see boats landing in the lagoon and sing praise for their rescue by the Americans, only these boys aint Yanks. Their doctors say it's every man for himself and bravely run away. The few soldiers that are left go into the jungle to carry on the fight. The women do not know what to do and as one says `Their God isn't white, he doesn't play cricket and he won't give a hoot what happens to you'. The whole mission is soon turned into a prison camp. There is a big however, and it is not a plot spoiler, in that the Bishop of the mission is a German and therefore under the direct protection of the Fuhrer; this prevents the Japanese doing the normal slaughter.

What then develop is the stories of both the friends and how they try to get through captivity and the rest of the war. This is a beautifully shot film, it is well directed (Brendan Maher)and very well acted. It does not glorify or over vilify either side - there is good and bad etc.
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