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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 ...
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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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A beautiful film about injustice and poverty
21 February 2003 | by (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

"Daens" is a film about a priest, Adolf Daens, in Flanders in the 19th century. He feels pity for the workers, the terrible conditions they have to work and live in. The work they do in the factories is dangerous and their salaries low.

Daens tries to help the workers but the mighty director of the factory and the church officials try to stop him. With an alliance of socialists, liberals and Roman catholics, Daens succeeds in becoming elected for the Belgian parliament. He continues his fight against the injustice in Flanders but the pressure on him accumulates...


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