Bride Flight (2011)
Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 12
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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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A forbidden love, an impossible choice, a secret pact. Eager to escape the damp and suffocating atmosphere of post-war Holland, Dutch beauties Marjorie, Ada and Esther meet each other on the immigration flight to New Zealand, en route to join their future husbands, who are already settled there.During the flight the three young women befriend Frank, a young man who is also immigrating to seek a prosperous life in New Zealand. In their early years in this new country, the lives of Marjorie,
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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.
A tearjerking romance that belongs to another era, when female moviegoers wanted to be transported, not grounded in grim realities.
A straight-up romance that does a nice job of capturing the period, though the three lives of the main female characters stand out as obvious "types."
"Bride Flight" is undeniably pretty to look at, and the performers do what they can (Drivjer is quite good as the brash Esther). But it's too silly and overheated to be accepted as fact or fiction.
The movie plods along at a lethargic pace, with occasional flashes of energy in the performances the only things keeping it afloat.
Director Ben Sombogaart doles out surprise revelations steeped in irony with a multi-layered approach. The movie is sad, hopeful and uplifting. Strengths include the gorgeous cinematography, meticulous art direction capturing the look of the...
Glossy feminist medlodrama, which could justly be described as Ross Hunter Reborn.
Stuffy and a bit predictable from the outside, this nicely mounted Dutch melodrama eventually blossoms if one gives it time and an open heart and mind, due to the strength of its characterizations.
I find it hard to believe there will be a worse movie performance this year than the one Elise Schaap inflicts on us in the Dutch "Bride Flight."
Time-bending crosscutting confuses connections rather than enriching the narrative, and robs it of the emotional payoff that you can otherwise get only in a second viewing.
Audience Reviews for Bride Flight
- Ada (as young woman): I'm married.
- Frank: I'll never let you go.
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