Sisters of War

Sisters of War

DVD - 2011
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Set in Southeast Asia in 1942, this is the true story of two women prisoners of war whose friendship survived starvation, beatings, torture, and separation.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : BFS Entertainment, 2011
Branch Call Number: TV SIS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 96 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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rslade
Aug 23, 2014

Lots of brutality, but little to hold the story together.

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akirakato
Jun 27, 2013

This is a 2010 telemovie based on the true story of two Australian women---Lorna Whyte, an army nurse and Sister Berenice Twohill, a Catholic nun from New South Wales who survived as prisoners of war in Papua New Guinea during World War II.
In January 1942, the Japanese troops thundered across South East Asia.
In its path lay a tiny Catholic mission station Vunapope, on the island of New Britain.
Here a handful of Australian nurses, led by Matron Kay Parker took refuge along with a number of wounded Australian soldiers.
Abandoned by their commanding officers, they were left to face the Japanese alone.
When the Japanese arrived at Vunapope, the nurses and their patients were saved from massacre by the mission’s leader, Polish-born Bishop Leo Scharmach, who bluffed the Japanese into believing that he was a personal friend of Hitler and that the mission was Hitler’s property.
In the dark days that followed, Sister Berenice and Lorna found themselves facing starvation, beatings and torture.
Their beliefs were constantly tested, as was their friendship.
Sister Berenice idolised Bishop Scharmach: Lorna was convinced he was a collaborator.
The tiny mission became a setting for betrayal, heroism and death.
And all the normal rules of war were broken.
After six months, Lorna and Sister Berenice were separated.
The Australian nurses were sent to Yokohama as part of a prisoner exchange.
But the exchange program collapsed and the nurses found themselves trapped in war-time Japan, freezing and ravaged by disease.
At the same time Sister Berenice, Bishop Scharmach and the nuns were taken to a dark, uninhabited jungle valley where they would be safe from air raids.
This is a really amazing story---untold until now---of their captivity, their will to prevail and their extraordinary courage.
It is definitely worth watching and a must-see war-time movie.

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BruceLangford
Apr 08, 2011

Great Aussie production. Good acting all round. No soppy love story or over dramatisation. Lovely development of the friendship between the two heroines. Interesting tension created by Lorna's suspicion of the catholic priest.
No sex scenes. Some typical war violence and a few images of open wounds but no Rambo types & no close combat scenes.
They never taught me about the Jap/Aus prisoner exchange program in WWII. It was interesting to hear it here.

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