Movie: Bride Flight
Release Date: June 10, 2011 (NY, LA)
Studio: Music Box Films
Director: Ben Sombogaart
Screenwriter: Marieke van der Pol
Starring: Waldemar Torenstra, Karina Smulders, Anna Drijver, Elise Schaap, Rutger Hauer, Pleuni Touw
Summary: 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 best-selling Dutch novel “Bruidsvlucht” on which it was based were both written by Marieke van der Pol.