Paradise Road (1996)

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By Scott Goldfine

A little-known chapter from World War II is explored by filmmaker Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy”) in this harrowing drama about European women who were captured by the Japanese and imprisoned in Sumatra POW camps.

Glenn Close and Frances McDormand head a first-rate cast in a film that aims to salute the strength of the human spirit, but is undermined by its relentlessly grim presentation. Cate Blanchett and Julianna Margulies also star. Rated R.

GRADE: B-

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