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Bride Flight

 

Netherlands 2008, 130 minutes
Dir. Ben Sombogaart
In Dutch, English with English subtitles
Rating: [R]
Genres: Foreign Cinema, Drama / Romance, Girl-centric

Topics: Aviation, Period 1950s, Period 1960s.

 

Aroview: New Zealand in the 1950's from a Dutch perspective makes this melodrama an intriguing, unique experience for Kiwi audiences, which also has the distinction of being the most expensive production in Dutch film history.

Detailing the true-life exploits of three women who emigrated to NZ as brides-to-be on a special KLM promotional flight after WWII, this suffers artistically from being a "chocolate box" period film but it's those qualities that will endear it to many, especially Dutch and Jewish immigrants, and fans of the director's previous hit, TWIN SISTERS. It's an earnest, old fashioned "women's picture", with an engaging cast and a rare chance for Kiwis to see our postcard vistas and "laid back" culture from an authentically foreign viewpoint.

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