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.
Did You Know?
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
There is a version spanning a total of 196 minutes. Mostly shown as a four part mini-series. See more
Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #8.1
25 February 1993 (Netherlands)
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