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Bride Flight

Bride Flight

Elise Schaap
Director: Ben Sombogaart Cast: Elise Schaap
Elise Schaap
, Petra Laseur
Petra Laseur
, Karina Smulders
Karina Smulders
Ben Sombogaart

DVD (Wide Screen)

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At the time of its production and release, Bride Flight reportedly checked in as one of the most lavish and expensive Dutch-language features ever made. The title of this epic tale refers, quite literally, to a period airplane flight transporting new brides from Holland to New Zealand, where they plan to meet their intendeds. Karina Smulders, Elise Schaap, Anna Drijver star, respectively, as quiet and backward yet sensual farm girl Ada; über-content homemaker-to-be Marjorie; and highly vocal, self-confident, Jewish fashion designer Esther. As the tale opens, it is the mid-'50s; the three women share the same flight, and instantly forge a fast friendship, thanks in no small part to their shared amorous advances from Frank (Waldemar Torenstra), a cowboy-cum-adventurer also on the plane. Upon their arrival, Frank and Ada fall deeply in love, but Ada's marriage to Derk (Micha Hulshof), a devout Christian who lives with her in a converted World War II bunker, severely complicates this. Meanwhile, Esther and Marjorie encounter their own problems; one winds up pregnant by an unknown progenitor, while the other discovers her own infertility. After following these stories for a time, the tale flashes forward to the present day, where the women re-encounter one another at the funeral of Frank (played in middle age by Rutger Hauer). Problems arise when Esther witnesses Marjorie (Petra Laseur) accompanying her son, Bob (Marc Klein Essink) -- thus underscoring the film's thematic meditation on the unshakable connection between present and past.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2011
UPC: 0736211212757
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Music Box Films
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 58,138

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elise Schaap Marjorie (as young woman)
Petra Laseur Marjorie
Karina Smulders Ada (as young woman)
Pleuni Touw Ada
Anna Drijver Young Esther
Willeke van Ammelrooy Esther
Waldemar Torenstra Frank (as a young man)
Rutger Hauer Frank
Micha Hulshof Actor
Marc Klein-Essink Actor

Technical Credits
Ben Sombogaart Director
Linda Bogers Costumes/Costume Designer
Kemna Casting Casting
Michel de Graaf Production Designer
Gemma Derksen Co-producer
Pia Dumont Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Flamman Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Fraser Original Story
Winnie Gallis Makeup
Herman P. Koerts Editor
Piotr Kukla Cinematographer
Olga Madsen Associate Producer
Dick Naastepad Makeup
Hanneke Niens Producer
Jeonnot Sanavia Score Composer
Anton Smit Producer
Jani Thiltges Co-producer
Marieke van der Pol Screenwriter
Wart Warmsteker Sound/Sound Designer
Marina Wijn Casting

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