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This movie was really sad. Wow so many good actresses in it. Cate Blanchett and the lady from Shirley Valentine in it too. Worth watching.
I didn't realize until the end that this was based on a true story. As with any group of women thrown together in these circumstances, there are the annoying lot that make you want to b*tch slap them, but the acting is well done, and Pamela Rabe is always true to her characters.
A little slow, but a beautiful story of human strength. The
Powerful, poignant and tragic slice of WWII history. Top notch cast of exceptional women portraying heroic survivors.
The Will To Live Is Strong When Individuals Band (Excuse The Pun) Together Fighting Captive Torture. It Is A Commendable Effort, Which Is Reflected Upon In Part, But Not Great Detail..Here.
Good, but not great. Interesting story of survival, but it's not that original. There had been numerous WW2 POW / survival-through-unbearable-hardship movies before this, and this isn't that different from those. Plus, writer-director Bruce Beresford pulls his punches with regard to Japanese atrocities in WW2 - the reality was a lot worse than the movie makes out.
Still, emotional and interesting nevertheless.
Good performances all round.
It had it's moments but overall flawed and uneven I think.
This was an excellent fact based drama centering on a group of expatriate women from various backgrounds who are imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Japanese during World War II. It does have a bit of a "movie of the week" feel to it which is overshadowed by the talented ensemble cast of actresses attached, including Glenn Close, Cate Blanchett and Frances McDormand among others.
You can't help but be drawn into these women's lives as they are interned in POW camps for several years, facing torture, starvation, disease and abuse while being shuffled around the island of Sumatra. In the midst of their ordeal they form a "vocal orchestra" -basically humming as singing is prohibited. Some of the storylines are left a little vague i.e. the young wife and her husband in the next camp over and there are several brutal torture scenes. Personally I would have liked a bit of a note on what happened to the survivors after the war ended. This reminded me very much of the movie A Town Like Alice with Bryan Brown (based on the Nevil Shute book.) 10/6/14
still pretty much the same as the theatrical version.
I just love a film with a great cast