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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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Stijn Coninx

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Fernand Auwera (scenario), Louis Paul Boon (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Decleir ... Adolf Daens
Gérard Desarthe Gérard Desarthe ... Charles Woeste
Antje de Boeck ... Nette Scholliers
Michael Pas ... Jan De Meeter
Karel Baetens Karel Baetens ... Jefke
Julien Schoenaerts Julien Schoenaerts ... Bishop Stillemans
Wim Meuwissen Wim Meuwissen ... Pieter Daens
Brit Alen Brit Alen ... Louise Daens
Johan Leysen ... Schmitt
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Eugene Borremans
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Elizabeth Borremans (as Linda van Dijck)
Jappe Claes Jappe Claes ... Ponnet
Brenda Bertin Brenda Bertin ... Marie
Alex Wilequet Alex Wilequet ... Monsignor Goossens
Rik Hancké Rik Hancké ... Nuncio
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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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All of the major characters in the movie (like the Daens brothers, Mr Woeste, Bishop Stillemans, King Leopold and major Vanwambeke) have existed in real life, and feature in the book 'Pieter Daens' as well. Notable exceptions are Nette Scholiers (Antje de Boeck) and Jan De Meeter (Michael Pas), who were invented for the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version spanning a total of 196 minutes. Mostly shown as a four part mini-series. See more »

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Referenced in Musical daens (2008) See more »

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Reality check
8 April 2020 | by brunovanaelSee all my reviews

Some of us like to complain about how hard life is. Watch this film, which I think is very close to the reality of life in the late 19th century, and it will put your problems into perspective. Yes, most of the wealth is still in the hands of the happy few. We still need to fight injustice. But in comparison to what you see here, we are currently living in gods paradise. This film also reveals the politics at that time in Belgium (and the western world? ), serving the upper class helped by the church. The harsh reality is enlightened by a few very good jokes (take the ring home. Then you can kiss it as many times as you want). Everything is beautifully embodied by Belgiums finest. Very well directed. After almost 30 years it looks a tad outdated but this doesn't really spoil the party... It's not a science fiction.


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Belgium | France | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch | French | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

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A Oposição See more »

Filming Locations:

Piotrkow, Poland See more »

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Dolby SR

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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