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Bride Flight (2008)

R | | Drama | 10 June 2011 (USA)
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A romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides.

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writer:

Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Smulders ... Ada van Holland
Pleuni Touw Pleuni Touw ... Old Ada
Anna Drijver ... Esther Cahn
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Old Esther
Elise Schaap ... Marjorie Mullin
Petra Laseur Petra Laseur ... Old Marjorie
Waldemar Torenstra Waldemar Torenstra ... Frank de Rooy
Rutger Hauer ... Old Frank
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Derk Visser
Mattijn Hartemink Mattijn Hartemink ... Hans Doorman
Walter Bart Walter Bart ... Leon
Hans Man in 't Veld Hans Man in 't Veld ... Vicar
Rawiri Paratene ... Old Mosie
Rob Mokaraka Rob Mokaraka ... Mosie
Mykola Allen Mykola Allen ... Bobby Doorman
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Storyline

In 1953, a flood adding to the aftermath of World War II swells the numbers of Dutch emigrants. On a KLM flight to New Zealand, part of a race from London, Frank, who lost his family and colonial estate in the Japanese occupation and Indonesian civil war of Independence, meets some virtual mail order brides. Ada van Holland becomes his lover before confessing she's already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk. Jewish concentration-camp survivor Esther dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discreetly has her son Bobby adopted by infertile Marjorie, who did everything else right with husband Hans. Over the years, some of their paths cross again, and all of the survivors meet at Frank's funeral. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

A forbidden love. An impossible choice. A secret past.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Luxembourg

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruidsvlucht See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,044, 12 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$497,252, 23 October 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rutger Hauer's first role in a Dutch full-length motion picture after 28 years. See more »

Goofs

When Frank and Ada pick up Bobby for the outing to the hot springs, Bobby asks Frank about the large wound on his left cheek. In all of the subsequent scenes that day, the wound is gone. See more »

Quotes

Esther: Marjorie, you coward.
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Great Film
7 March 2012 | by WilliamCKHSee all my reviews

Although it took me two nights to view this film, I must say I was very satisfied with it at the end. The arc of the story, spanning over 50 years or so really was truly grand. The film touches on the many personal issues and emotions of its central characters, yet maintains a certain distance, careful not to have us rooting for or against certain characters, while showing sweeping historical changes take place in the background.

The cast is top-notch, especially Karina Smulders, who plays Ada Van Holland, a young, unwordly bride-to-be traveling, for the first time, from Holland to New Zealand. There is a natural, non self-consciousness about her performance that is very appealing. The other members of the cast are also very wonderful. Many flawed characters occupy the screen, but no one beyond redemption and forgiveness. The cumulative affect of the storytelling, between flashback and modern day, was, in the end, deeply personal, and awe-inspiring.


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