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  • Actors: Waldemar Torenstra, Karina Smulders, Rutger Hauer
  • Directors: Ben Sombogaart
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Dutch
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0058MX804
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,853 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three different women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides. Eager to escape the gloom of post-war Holland, shy but sensual farm girl Ada, dogmatic Marjorie, and Jewish fashion designer Esther become friends during the 1953 KLM flight that carried war brides to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch. They part ways upon 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.

Customer Reviews

It has a great story, interesting characters & beautiful scenery.
annette holley
An absolute must see... Wonderfully played, deliciously romantic,... makes you think about what happebs during the movie for a long time afterward.
D. A. Bols
They are young people who have been deeply affected by war having lost family they loved.
Vicki Hopkins

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Love2CMovies on July 17, 2011
Format: DVD
Just saw this movie at The Little Theater in Rochester NY. Fascinating story, with lives interwoven and a bittersweet but happy ending. Very uplifting, that people with their secrets and history can love, forgive, and survive.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways on August 30, 2011
Format: DVD
I just love it when an independent film really does it right, and this one does.

The acting is superb and the story is vastly interesting. Although is is ultimately a love story, it isn't what I would call a 'chick flick'. My fire chief loved the film, too.

If you like indie films, you'll be glad you saw this!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By MadMacs on October 7, 2011
Format: DVD
Explores the deepest core of love and the heart of friendship; of the passage of fifty years and the lives we lead in those decades. And interestingly, delves into one country's cultural heritage and addresses another's guilt.

'Bride' tells the story of three young Dutch women who share one moment in history, a journey from post-war Holland to the cold beauty of 1950's New Zealand as war brides. Until this film, I associated this term with soldiers who fell in love with women from other countries and brought them home. But I see now it can also be defined as women who want to leave their own war shattering experiences behind - starting life anew someplace else.

In the film we follow the lives of Ada, Marjorie and Esther. How vastly dissimilar their journeys were despite beginning from a common starting point: Each one signing a marriage contract after meeting prospective grooms from the faraway island nation. But choices made in the spirit and heat of the moment come back to haunt them. One as her body unexpectedly fails her - the other two as they learn their chosen mates unintentionally obscured an important personality trait that they discover only after leaving everything behind.

Thankfully, the filmmakers and cast avoid pathetically obvious plot devices. None of the men are physically abusive or demented sexual freaks; neither are they criminals on the run or obnoxious gas bags. No, these are essentially good men, in their own way. But men who have complex character issues. And it's these issues that makes this so much more than a run-of-the-mill Oxygen or Lifetime flick.

Fairly or unfairly, the story of Ada is the primary tale. Especially given that her choice was not really her choice at all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nahum24 on March 25, 2011
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I saw this movie through a cinema club in Westchester ,NY. It has been released in the Netherlands but the DVD has been produced in only a non USA format and thus has never had any visibility in the USA. WHAT A SHAME!
This movie is a real treat-exciting,compelling,riveting, poignant and thought provoking. It recounts the emigration to New Zealend of four people in the 1950's from The Netherlands which had just experienced severe floods and resulting horrible economic conditions. These 4 young adults essentially meet on the plane ride and their stories become intertwined in ways that keep you totally engrossed in their separate new lives in New Zealand.The plot is continually engaging and the lead actor and especially the lead actresses are wonderful and fully photogenic. If this movie were ever released here in a USA format, I suspect word of mouth and that of reviewers would eventually make this unknown movie a rental favorite here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shirin Moshiri on January 18, 2012
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I love this movie - its like reading a good book while sipping wine - its a beautiful experience. I watched it 2x in a row. The character development is strong, the acting is excellent and the scenery is gorgeous. The title is the only thing I would change. It's weak compared to the excellence that is this movie.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tyler e hollandjr on June 16, 2013
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Well assembled cast with good chemistry and an intriguing, thoroughly captivating story. The acting was wonderful though the cast is not exactly well-known, here in the USA anyway. Karina Smulders and Waldemar Torenstra were superb and convincing in their thoughtful portrayals. The story shines a light on a little known event, or series of events, following World War II, as New Zealand opened its gates to european immigrants in order to re-vitalize their post-war economy. One of the means of accomplishing this was through marriage-by-proxie arrangements, often with prospective husbands in New Zealand never having met the women they had contracted to marry. The women came, though, seeking the opportunity to build a new life, in a thriving, new land. This story mainly focuses on three young women: Ada, Marjorie and Esther, with Esther's resourceful but drastic solution to her dilemma destined to impact profoundly the lives of the others, even including the next generation. Masterful story-telling, wonderful production, visually stunning New Zealand scenery.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Zen on March 30, 2012
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Well written, beautifully shot, brilliantly acted with strong characters. I don't usually go for romance movies but I've always loved hearing the Dutch language and the backdrop of Dutch immigration to New Zealand in the aftermath of WWII was something I wanted to learn more about. Not that this is a "historical drama" per se, but it still provided an interesting portrait of these particular three Dutch characters who found new life and love in NZ. Fantastic find for an Amazon Prime movie.
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