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


Ben Sombogaart


Marieke van der Pol (screenplay)
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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 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


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 de Rooy (Waldemar Torenstra), 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 (Karina Smulders) becomes his lover before confessing she's already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk Visser (Micha Hulshof). Jewish concentration-camp survivor Esther Cahn (Anna Drijver) dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discreetly has her son Bobby (Mykola Allen) adopted by infertile Marjorie Mullin (Elise Shaap), who did everything else right with husband Hans (Mattijn Hartemink). 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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A forbidden love. An impossible choice. A secret past.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The title song is "Miracle" by Dutch country pop singer Ilse DeLange. The song differs from the original to fit this movie. See more »


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 »


Ada: He will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.
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Featured in De wereld draait door: Episode #4.110 (2009) See more »


Written by Ilse DeLange (as Ilse Delance) and Sacha Skarbek
Performed by Ilse DeLange (as Ilse Delance)
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old-fashion romantic melodrama
2 October 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

In the present day, successful winemaker Frank de Rooy dies and three women are requested at his funeral. In 1953, a KLM flight breaks a record traveling from London to Christchurch. Frank meets Ada van Holland, Esther Cahn, and Marjorie Mullin who are three of the brides on their way to New Zealand. Frank lost his family in colonial Indonesia during the war. He falls for country girl Ada but she's already married by proxy to Calvinist Derk Visser. She goes on to live a loveless marriage in a bunker having several children. The only passion is the exchange of letters with Frank until he discovers them. Esther is an independent Jewish woman after losing everyone in the Holocaust. She refuses to live with ghosts from the past and charges forward making a career as a successful fashion designer. Marjorie marries Hans Doorman. After Esther gives birth, Marjorie adopts the baby as her own.

It's an old-fashion romantic melodrama. Ada's quiet suffering is devastating and her life is worthy of any pulp romance. This is all very pulpy with Marjorie and Esther. The movie should stop flashing forward to the modern era so much. It should have stopped after Rutger Hauer died. Every time it goes modern, the movie grinds to a halt. The modern era should be tiny bookends. Otherwise, this is a good old fashion melodrama if one is inclined towards such things.

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Netherlands | Luxembourg


Dutch | English

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bruidsvlucht See more »

Filming Locations:

Luxembourg See more »


Box Office


EUR6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,044, 12 June 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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