Bride Flight (2011)
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Critic Reviews for Bride Flight
Smug and unconvincing, this 2008 period drama from the Netherlands is the sort of movie that defines an era solely by its prejudices, on the implicit assumption that we'll applaud the central characters for their modern attitudes.
Aside from its period New Zealand setting, there is little to distinguish Bride Flight from something you might watch briefly on Lifetime, then change the channel.
The events in the plot are the stuff of soap opera, but the movie treats it seriously, and the acting is convincing enough that we forgive the story and begin to care about the characters.
Lovely scenery and historical context elevate the sentimental story lines above the soap opera domain.
Audience Reviews for Bride Flight
I was very taken in by this nice Dutch drama. It was really well done. A beautiful story with a wonderful cast. The characters are well defined, and interesting. The scenery is beautiful, as well. Nice movie!
This was little more than a melodramatic romance novel brought to film, but one that was well told and interestingly presented. The characters were well drawn and their back stories satisfactorily filled in. The three pairs of actors portraying the women were excellently matched, the younger women easily discernible in the older. This viewer found the dark haired young Esther, played by Willeke van Ammelrooy to be particularly enchanting and the New Zealand scenery to be breathtakingly beautiful. The story was told in flashbacks as the three older women prepared for a funeral and revolved around the flight that brought them together and the events after they had emigrated that drove them apart. This viewer was surprised at how completely he was drawn in, even shedding a tear or two at the sweet way in which the film ended. While this will not alter the course of human events, it will nevertheless entertain.
In 2008, Frank(Rutger Hauer) has a fatal heart attack after inspecting his vineyards.
In 1953, Frank(Waldemar Torenstra) is a passenger on a flight of emigres to Christchurch, New Zealand that is also competing in an air race. Esther(Anna Drijver), one of the passengers and a fashion designer, asks Ada(Karina Smulders) to model a wedding dress, complimenting her on her figure. That might have something to do with her being pregnant, having already been married to Derk(Micha Hulshof) by proxy. Nerves and perhaps turbulence make Ada think about bolting at a refueling stop but Frank talks her back onto the plane, convincing her that life in New Zealand could not be any worse than Karachi. By comparison, Marjorie(Elise Schaap) is happy with her new prospects with Hans(Mattijn Hartemink) waiting for her on the ground.
"Bride Flight" has some good performances, makes excellent use of the beautiful New Zealand scenery and has one classic scene where Ada is forced to ride in the back of a truck for several hours while her friends take another road in life. But it really only manages to scratch the surface in providing a routine treatment of a potentially fascinating piece of history. Instead, of exploring the emigres adjusting to their new country(a couple of whom are escaping tragic pasts), it only really comes around to exploring identity(notice that many of the people at Frank's funeral are Maori which shows how well he may have been accepted) after a ten year jump in a question of paternity that is admittedly nowhere near as all-consuming as the average episode of "Brothers & Sisters."
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