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A tale of strength, survival and forgiveness
In January 1942, the Japanese war machine thundered across South East Asia. In its path lay a tiny Papuan mission station, Vunapope, where a handful of Australian nurses took refuge with 84 wounded Australian soldiers. Abandoned by their commanding officers, they found themselves in the eye of the storm when the Japanese military made them prisoners of war. Although they were two very different women, army nurse Lorna Whyte (Sarah Snook - All Saints) and Catholic Sister Berenice Twohill (Claire van der Boom - The Pacific) forged a friendship that would survive starvation, beatings, torture and separation. Sisters of War is the dramatized true story of their captivity, their will to prevail and their extraordinary courage - a story untold until now.
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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.Read more ›
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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War is a shocking experience no matter who you are; whether a nurse, soldier, medic or POW. The Japanese are portrayed as they were; barbaric and unrelenting in their hatred for... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rosewargo1947
Australia has many World War II stories to tell - but so many are not told.
Fortunately, this story has come to light.
Tough to watch; hard to forget. Read more
This is an excellent WW2 movie about a military nurse and a nun being held by the Japanese. I liked the characters and their relationships with each other. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anurs
Very interesting and worth watching. Another story in WW2 that is little known.Published 21 months ago by Richard Isbell
My mother was an American nurse in Australia during the war. Thankfully she never had to spend time in Japan as these ladies did. Read morePublished on April 17, 2014 by 4wra32dp
The nurses and nuns in this movie were mentioned in Mark Felton's book " The real Tenko". The movie starts out with a few Australian nurses and nuns caring for wounded... Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by mac
Sisters of War is an excellent DVD and has a very interesting story. Anyone would enjoy this intriguing and true storyPublished on June 9, 2013 by Patricia B. Smith