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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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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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Country:

Belgium | France | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | Dutch | French | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Oposição See more »

Filming Locations:

Piotrkow, Poland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Julien Schoenaerts (Bishop Stillemans) and Matthias Schoenaerts (Wannes Scholliers), are father and son in real life, but didn't share scenes in the film. 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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Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #8.1 (1995) See more »

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Showing the side you belong to can be the wrong side
30 December 2004 | by dirkvhSee all my reviews

Beautiful depiction of the workers' fate during the first half of the 20th century. Priests and church are supposed to play their role of keeping the workers at peace. When father Daens resists he gains such a response that the powers have to bend. True story! Went up for an Oscar but due to the fact that the French had a lot more money to support their film it fell short. Brilliant role for Jan Decleir, mostly known for his one-man plays, adaptations of Dario Fo. Proof you do not need violence or sex to make a movie exciting. What is needed is a strong story (very much so in this case) and a couple of great actors. If you have the chance to watch it, do so, it will alter your view on the world, there are not enough (nice) movies of this kind around. Again: it all happened as it is depicted here.


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