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Eager to escape the damp and suffocating atmosphere of post-war Holland, three young Dutchwomen Ada, Esther and Marjorie look forward to a better life in New Zealand. They meet on the immigration flight – the “Bride Flight” – to their new country, where they are to join fiancés and marry. During the flight, the three women form a bond of friendship among themselves, and with Frank, an attractive young man who wants to set up a winery. Upon arrival, all four part ways to start their new lives in New Zealand. Yet their paths continue to cross – Ada will one day leave her children and her puritanical husband for Frank, an escape to freedom that is ultimately doomed. And the single career woman, Esther, will give her unwanted child to Marjorie and her husband after Marjorie suffers a miscarriage and will probably never bear a child again. As the boy grows up, Marjorie fears that Esther might break the pact of silence they had made. An outing that reunites all four friends and the boy turns into a near tragedy that destroys one friendship, shatters a loving relationship, and nearly costs the boy’s life. Only 50 years later do they all come together again, perhaps closer now than ever before.

  • Year
    2008
  • Runtime
    130 minutes
  • Country
    Netherlands
  • Note
    Language: Dutch with English Subtitles
  • Director
    Ben Sombogaart
  • Cast
    Karina Smulders, Elise Schaap, Anna Drijver, Waldemar Torenstra, Rutger Hauer