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In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

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Gérard Desarthe ...
Charles Woeste
Antje de Boeck ...
Nette Scholliers
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Jan De Meeter
Karel Baetens ...
Jefke
Julien Schoenaerts ...
Bishop Stillemans
Wim Meuwissen ...
Pieter Daens
Brit Alen ...
Louise Daens
Johan Leysen ...
Schmitt
Idwig Stephane ...
Eugene Borremans
Linda van Dyck ...
Elizabeth Borremans (as Linda van Dijck)
Jappe Claes ...
Ponnet
Brenda Bertin ...
Marie
Alex Wilequet ...
Monsignor Goossens
Rik Hancké ...
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In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few columns for the Catholic paper, and soon workers are listening and the powerful are in an uproar. He's expelled from the Catholic party, so he starts the Christian Democrats and is elected to Parliament. After Rome disciplines him, he must choose between two callings, as priest and as champion of workers. In subplots, a courageous young woman falls in love with a socialist and survives a shop foreman's rape; children die; prelates play billiards. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Historical and fascinating story about Belgian politics in the 19th century.
27 June 2002 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

The priest Daens (Jan Decleir) and his political master Charles Woeste (Gérard Desarthe) are opposing each other in this historical movie. Daens is a strong priest, convinced of his rightfulness to protect the workers. In the movie everything is worked out in detail and you can easily identify with the characters. The music is not so good and a little bit soft but the dramatic script keeps our attention until the end.


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