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Paradise Road (1997) DVDRip XviD English.avi

Paradise Road (1997) - A Review

Paradise Road is a 1997 Australian war film that tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned by the Japanese in Sumatra during World War II. The film is based on the true accounts of the women who formed a vocal orchestra in the prison camp to cope with their misery and hardship. The film was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Ehle, Julianna Margulies and others.

The Plot

The film opens with a dance at Raffles Hotel in Singapore, where the women enjoy a night of elegance and luxury before the Japanese invasion. When a bomb explodes outside the hotel, the women and children are evacuated by boat to a safer location. However, the boat is attacked by Japanese planes and the women have to jump overboard and swim to shore. They are captured by a Japanese officer, Captain Tanaka, and taken to a deserted village. They are then transferred to a prison camp in the jungle, where they face starvation, disease, torture and death.

Paradise Road (1997) DVDRip XviD English.avi

In the camp, the women come from different backgrounds and social classes, but they have to overcome their differences and work together to survive. They also have to deal with the brutality and cruelty of their captors, especially Colonel Hirota, who is obsessed with finding out who among them is a spy. One of the women, Adrienne Pargiter, who is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, decides to organize a vocal orchestra with the help of Margaret Drummond, a missionary who has musical skills. They use music as a way of expressing their emotions, preserving their dignity and finding hope in their bleak situation.

The Review

Paradise Road is a powerful and moving film that depicts the resilience and courage of the women who endured unimaginable horrors during World War II. The film does not shy away from showing the harsh realities of war and captivity, but it also highlights the beauty and humanity of the women who used music as a form of resistance and survival. The film has a stellar cast of actresses who deliver outstanding performances, especially Glenn Close as Adrienne Pargiter, who is the leader and inspiration of the vocal orchestra. Frances McDormand as Dr. Verstak, who is a tough and outspoken doctor who cares for the sick and wounded. Pauline Collins as Margaret Drummond, who is a gentle and compassionate missionary who provides spiritual guidance. Cate Blanchett as Susan Macarthy, who is an Australian nurse who falls in love with an American soldier. Jennifer Ehle as Rosemary Leighton-Jones, who is a glamorous model who suffers from malaria. Julianna Margulies as Topsy Merritt, who is a wealthy socialite who befriends Susan.

The film also has a remarkable soundtrack that features the songs sung by the vocal orchestra, which are based on the actual score transcripts used in the prison camp. The songs range from classical pieces by Mozart and Dvorak to popular tunes by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. The songs are sung acapella by the actresses themselves, without any musical accompaniment or sound effects. The result is a haunting and mesmerizing sound that conveys the emotions and spirit of the women.

The Conclusion

Paradise Road is a film that deserves more recognition and appreciation for its portrayal of one of the most inspiring stories of World War II. The film is not only a tribute to the women who survived the prison camp, but also a testament to the power of music and art in times of adversity. The film is a must-watch for anyone who loves history, drama and music.

You can watch Paradise Road (1997) DVDRip XviD English.avi online or download it from [this link].


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