Bride Flight

Bride Flight

Bride Flight

Based on a true story, this is the most expensive Dutch movie ever made. Bride Flight is the story of the Last Great Air Race in 1953, from London to Christchurch, which carried 26 young Dutch brides-to-be on their way to join their fiances already settled in New Zealand.

The film centres on the women: Ada, Marjorie and Esther, who reunite 50 years after the historic flight. Bride Flight is based on bestselling book Bruidsvlucht by Marieke van der Pol, who also wrote the screenplay for the film.

2008Rating: R13, contains violence and sex scenes131 minsNetherlands, LuxembourgDutch and English
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Reviews & comments

Very enjoyable!

The period staging was well done and evoked tha era authentically. My family immigrated to Canada on the flip of a coin instead of Austrailia. Poignant!

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brideflight

Just watched this on DVD - thoroughly enjoyed for warmth of story telling, migrant experience of the 50's -sans cliche'- as remembered from stories retold from my parents' experience of Australia. How did it get missed in cinemas ?? Loved the language shift betw english and dutch- +costumes and scenery.

4.0
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Lovely

One of my favourites this year!

5.0
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Very moving

I saw this wonderful movie when in NZ recently and now can't understand why I hadn't heard of it in Oz before or since. It's a great story. The vulnerability of the women particularly was very well portrayed. Congratulations to all involved but where are the Oz distributors?

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A romantic migration

Having grown up with stories of my parents migration to New Zealand from Holland, and having them both pass away in the last 6 months, this movie was very emotional for me. There were are so many New Zealanders with a connection to the Netherlands through a parent, an in-law or a friend, but I have never seen their stories told. So good on the old...

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Very authentic for the time

My wife and I found this an absorbing view of NZ at the time of the air race to ChCh in 1953. I was at the finish when the contesting planes arrived so found it brought back some wonderful memories of that time. Great story totally engaging.

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Brideflight

Both my 21 year old daughter and myself thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The 'old school' New Zealand was endearing, I forgot it was bad manners to go in the front door!!!

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Variety

Variety

press

A devil-may-care adventurer and three vastly different gals emigrate from the Low Countries to New Zealand in the romantic epic "Bride Flight," a glossy European meller that switches between the '50s, the '60s and the present. One of the most expensive Dutch-language productions ever, and made by the same team behind Oscar-nommed "Twin Sisters" (another time-and-country-hopping tale about rocky female bonding), "Flight" also features a strong male protag in beefcake du jour Waldemar Torenstra.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Does an admirable turn for Tourism New Zealand, which has not been slow to embrace the favour on its website. Perhaps we should just be fortunate that the New Zealand Film Commission wasn't involved - and that Baz Lurhman wasn't offered the script.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A local connection helps this lengthy melodrama along.

3.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Personally, I enjoyed Bride Flight a lot more than the first half hour or so had me expecting to. The drama was more affecting, and the plotting braver, than the publicity really hint at.

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Variety

Variety

press

A devil-may-care adventurer and three vastly different gals emigrate from the Low Countries to New Zealand in the romantic epic "Bride Flight," a glossy European meller that switches between the '50s, the '60s and the present. One of the most expensive Dutch-language productions ever, and made by the same team behind Oscar-nommed "Twin Sisters" (another time-and-country-hopping tale about rocky female bonding), "Flight" also features a strong male protag in beefcake du jour Waldemar Torenstra.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

Does an admirable turn for Tourism New Zealand, which has not been slow to embrace the favour on its website. Perhaps we should just be fortunate that the New Zealand Film Commission wasn't involved - and that Baz Lurhman wasn't offered the script.

2.0
0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

A local connection helps this lengthy melodrama along.

3.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

Personally, I enjoyed Bride Flight a lot more than the first half hour or so had me expecting to. The drama was more affecting, and the plotting braver, than the publicity really hint at.

0

Very enjoyable!

The period staging was well done and evoked tha era authentically. My family immigrated to Canada on the flip of a coin instead of Austrailia. Poignant!

4.0
0

brideflight

Just watched this on DVD - thoroughly enjoyed for warmth of story telling, migrant experience of the 50's -sans cliche'- as remembered from stories retold from my parents' experience of Australia. How did it get missed in cinemas ?? Loved the language shift betw english and dutch- +costumes and scenery.

4.0
0

Lovely

One of my favourites this year!

5.0
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Very moving

I saw this wonderful movie when in NZ recently and now can't understand why I hadn't heard of it in Oz before or since. It's a great story. The vulnerability of the women particularly was very well portrayed. Congratulations to all involved but where are the Oz distributors?

5.0
0

A romantic migration

Having grown up with stories of my parents migration to New Zealand from Holland, and having them both pass away in the last 6 months, this movie was very emotional for me. There were are so many New Zealanders with a connection to the Netherlands through a parent, an in-law or a friend, but I have never seen their stories told. So good on the old...

5.0
0

Very authentic for the time

My wife and I found this an absorbing view of NZ at the time of the air race to ChCh in 1953. I was at the finish when the contesting planes arrived so found it brought back some wonderful memories of that time. Great story totally engaging.

5.0
0

Brideflight

Both my 21 year old daughter and myself thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The 'old school' New Zealand was endearing, I forgot it was bad manners to go in the front door!!!

5.0
0