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Bride Flight (2008)

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A romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides.

Director:

Ben Sombogaart

Writer:

Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karina Smulders ... Ada van Holland
Pleuni Touw Pleuni Touw ... Old Ada
Anna Drijver ... Esther Cahn
Willeke van Ammelrooy ... Old Esther
Elise Schaap ... Marjorie Mullin
Petra Laseur Petra Laseur ... Old Marjorie
Waldemar Torenstra ... Frank de Rooy
Rutger Hauer ... Old Frank
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... Derk Visser
Mattijn Hartemink Mattijn Hartemink ... Hans Doorman
Walter Bart Walter Bart ... Leon
Hans Man in 't Veld Hans Man in 't Veld ... Vicar
Rawiri Paratene ... Old Mosie
Rob Mokaraka Rob Mokaraka ... Mosie
Mykola Allen Mykola Allen ... Bobby Doorman
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Storyline

In 1953, a flood adding to the aftermath of World War II swells the numbers of Dutch emigrants. On a KLM flight to New Zealand, part of a race from London, Frank, who lost his family and colonial estate in the Japanese occupation and Indonesian civil war of Independence, meets some virtual mail order brides. Ada van Holland becomes his lover before confessing she's already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk. Jewish concentration-camp survivor Esther dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discreetly has her son Bobby adopted by infertile Marjorie, who did everything else right with husband Hans. Over the years, some of their paths cross again, and all of the survivors meet at Frank's funeral. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

A forbidden love. An impossible choice. A secret past.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene and some graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Netherlands | Luxembourg

Language:

Dutch | English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruidsvlucht See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,044, 12 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$497,252, 23 October 2011
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rutger Hauer's first role in a Dutch full-length motion picture after 28 years. See more »

Goofs

The KLM plane is shown landing in Karachi with mountains in the background. There are no mountains in Karachi. Also at Karachi airport Arabic is written on the walls. Urdu is the written and spoken language there. See more »

Quotes

Frank: Can we look in on him quickly?
Marjorie: No, he can't have any strangers around his bed.
Frank: But I'm not a stranger.
Marjorie: Just his mother and father.
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Connections

Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #4.110 (2009) See more »

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Miracle
Written by Ilse Delance and Sacha Skarbek
Performed by Ilse Delance
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Simply Loved It
26 November 2008 | by guidodanenSee all my reviews

Normally I'm not a big fan of Dutch films, but when a friend of mine convinced me to see it and I actually saw the film, I was just blown away! Nothing like the usual Dutch films I was used too, it was way better! to start with the cast, in one word fantastic!! It was so refreshing to see other actors and actresses than we see in so many Dutch films. Waldemar Torenstra, Anna Drijver, Karina Smulders (and of course the other actors/actresses) were really at their best!

When I read the plot outline I was expecting some sort of chick-flick, but it turned out to be a story with much more depth than I was expecting. the way the story unfolds itself is very clever and Ben Sombogaart deserves a big compliment for this. Then the setting, New Zealand, is perfect for this story. The laid-back people in contrast to the strict catholic dutchies was very interesting to witness. and of course, New Zealand is a beautiful country which leads to great shots!

This all makes me very happy that I came over my prejudices and went to see the film! I wouldn't have wanted to miss it and I can recommend it to everyone!


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