Bride Flight



Date: November 15, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center

Cost: $7/each

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2009 (Not Rated) 130 min. Holland/subtitles
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Cast: Elise Schaap, Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Waldemar Torenstra

A forbidden love, an impossible choice, a secret pact! “Bride Flight” tells a powerful story about the inextricable link between the past and the present. The premise of the film is the 1953 Air Race from London to Christchurch, New Zealand, which was won by a Dutch airline, KLM. The story itself is about the people who were on that plane and how their lives before and after that flight have irrevocably changed and connected them. The film introduces us to four people in particular who were on that KLM flight: Frank, Esther, Ada, and Marjorie. Each character carries with them not only their luggage, but the baggage that WWII has left behind. Many Dutch people took the leap of faith, or flight of faith, to an unknown land for a new start. Many of these passengers were young women who were flying to meet their fiancées to begin life anew in New Zealand. The flight itself, therefore, became known as the “bride flight,” the name which the film took on as well. Frank, Ada, Esther and Marjorie all meet for the first time while aboard the KLM flight. Frank is a young bachelor looking to make his fortune in New Zealand, while the ladies are all brides-to-be. The story becomes complicated when already pregnant and religious Ada begins to sense the undeniable chemistry between herself and Frank. The other main story arc in the film is also related to childbearing, involving Esther’s unplanned pregnancy and Marjorie’s miscarriage. Through these numerous complicated relationships with Frank and among themselves, the characters remain tied to one another throughout their whole lives as the film seamlessly jumps back and forth between the past and present. This is an epic tale of adultery, betrayal, and near tragedy, including gorgeous views of the New Zealand landscape. At the time of its production and release, BRIDE FLIGHT checked in as one of the most lavish and expensive Dutch-language features ever made.

“A beautiful film about faith, love, and relationships…” – Olga Belogolova, ENCORE MAGAZINE, LA

“The kind of lush, epic romantic film that Hollywood used to deliver on a regular basis for packed matinees at Radio City Music Hall.”- Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST

“Lavishly entertaining…Fascinating, beautifully acted and magnificently photographed.” – Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER

“Four and a half stars! Terrific.” – Stephen Whitty, STAR LEDGER

“A haunting masterpiece with the power of DOCTOR ZHIVAGO…” – MOVING PICTURES