Three young women – Ada (Karina Smulders), Esther (Anna Drijver), and Marjorie (Elise Schaap) – emigrate from post-WWII Holland to New Zealand for what they hope will be a better life. They are all awaited by their fiancés, who have already settled in Christchurch. On the plane trip overseas – dubbed the “Bride Flight” – the three become fast friends and meet a dashing young man, Frank (Waldemar Torenstra), who will come to play a large role in each of their lives. They part ways on arrival in their new country and begin their new lives, but their paths continue to cross in the years to come. Chance meetings result in love affairs, betrayal and impenetrable bonds, leading up to a final reunion fifty years later. The film’s screenplay and the bestselling Dutch novel Bruidsvlucht on which it was based were both written by Marieke van der Pol. –Music Box Films
The title led me to expect the movie to take place mostly on the titular air journey but that journey turns out to be just the beginning of a greater journey through life for the four focal characters. A well made and involving movie that thankfully doesn't attempt to apply a breakneck pace to lives that evolve over years.
Pleasant romantic drama about 3 young brides who travel to New Zealand together to start a new life in a new country. Told in flashback as they attend the funeral of a man who brought them together, the film has a lovely sense of time and place. A nicely directed, if occasionally uneven, epic romance.
First, a quick reminder that entries on several films playing here or there have been updated through today: Film Socialisme, Agrarian Utopia