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'Sapphires' sparkles with energy, music and sisterhood

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Four aboriginal performers (Deborah Mailman, "Australian Idol" Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens) head to Saigon during the Vietnam War in Wayne Blair's engaging musical drama "The Sapphires."

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"The Sapphires" possesses a real power, call it passion if you will, that radiates out of every frame in Wayne Blair's energizing, nostalgia-stuffed Vietnam-era musical drama. It's reminiscent of raw, direct, muscular Australian movies from the late 1970s and 1980s. This movie covers several subjects -- the importance of family, belief in your own worth -- but it always comes back to racism.
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