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Brides (2004)

Nyfes (original title)
Set in 1922, is the story of a mail order bride, one of 700, aboard the SS KING ALEXANDER, who falls in love with an American photographer. She is bound for her new husband, in New York; he is on his way home to a failed marriage.

Director:

Pantelis Voulgaris

Writer:

Ioanna Karystiani (as Ioanna Karistiani)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Norman Harris
Victoria Haralabidou ... Niki Douka
Andréa Ferréol ... Emine
Evi Saoulidou ... Haro
Dimitris Katalifos ... Captain
Eirini Inglesi ... Ms. Kardaki (as Irene Iglessi)
Evelina Papoulia ... Marion Gibson
Steven Berkoff ... Karabulat
Apostolis Totsikas Apostolis Totsikas ... Nikolas
Elizaveta Kuznetsova ... Olga (as Liza Kouznetsova)
Eleni Roussinou ... Yelena
Yorgos Makris ... Prodromos (as Giorgos Makris)
Olga Damani ... Niki's Mother
Evangelia Adreadaki ... Niki's Godmother (as Vangelio Andreadaki)
Yannis Totsikas ... Haro's Grandfather
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Storyline

In 1922, with the Greco-Turkish War and the Russia Civil War, the women from these countries find husband in the United States through correspondence with immigrants. The bride Eleni returns from the United States to Samothrace, Greece, since she has not adapted to the life in America. Her sister Niki Douka is assigned as her replacement and travels aboard the SS King Alexander to New York to marry the Greek immigrant Prodromos in Chicago. Nikki is a hard worker and works sewing along the trip for the passengers and crew. She becomes a leader of the brides and discovers the scheme of the crook Karabulat from Georgia with the Russian brides. She also falls in love with the American photographer Norman Harris from Detroit. But Nikki is committed with Prodromos and she knows the consequence with her family in Samothrace if she runs away with Norman. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It's not a punishment to remember someone you love. The punishment is to forget him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Official Site [Greece]

Country:

Greece | USA | France

Language:

English | Greek | Russian | Turkish | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2004 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

Brides See more »

Filming Locations:

Andros, Greece See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,509
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The passengers board the boat in Smyrna (Izmir) on May 1922, just 3 months before the destruction of Smyrna by the Turkish army. See more »

Goofs

The ship is sailing from Greece to the United States, at its end, across the Atlantic Ocean: throughout, character's on deck strolls (activities, suicide preparations! etc.) show no - strong, likely open sea evening very cold - wind movement (e.g. on characters' hair or whatever) throughout. See more »

Quotes

Niki Douka: [in Greek] You have such beautiful eyes.
Norman Harris: What did you say?
Niki Douka: It's smells like it's going to rain.
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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Klemmena filia
Written by Stamatis Spanoudakis
Performed by Irontina
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Mail Order Brides
15 January 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1922, with the Greco-Turkish War and the Russia Civil War, the women from these countries find husband in the United States through correspondence with immigrants.

The bride Eleni (Foteini Kontoudaki) returns from the United States to Samothrace, Greece, since she has not adapted to the life in America. Her sister Niki Douka (Victoria Haralabidou) is assigned as her replacement and travels aboard the SS King Alexander to New York to marry the Greek immigrant Prodromos (Giorgos Makris) in Chicago. Nikki is a hard worker and works sewing along the trip for the passengers and crew. She becomes a leader of the brides and discovers the scheme of the crook Karabulat (Steven Berkoff) from Georgia with the Russian brides. She also falls in love with the American photographer Norman Harris (Damian Lewis) from Detroit. But Nikki is committed with Prodromos and she knows the consequence with her family in Samothrace if she runs away with Norman.

"Nyfes" is a beautiful and melancholic romance about the mail order brides from the East that come to the United States to marry unknown immigrants that they know only by pictures provided by the agencies. The sacrifice of the lead character Nikki is heartbreaking and she is aware of her duty with her unknown husband-to-be. The direction and cinematography are top-notch and the art direction is rich in details. Despite the unknown cast, the performances are excellent. I bought this DVD many years ago and only yesterday I saw this great movie, and I regret a lot. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Noivas" ("Brides")


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