Bride Flight

Synopsis: 1953, a flood adding to the aftermath of World War II swells the numbers of Dutch emigrants. On a KLM flight to New Zealand, part of a race from London, Frank, who lost his family and colonial estate in the Japanese occupation and Indonesian civil war of Independence, meets some virtual mail order brides. Ada van Holland becomes his lover before confessing she's already married by proxy to gloomy Calvinist Derk. Jewish concentration camp survivor Esther dodges her engagement for a fashion career and discretely has her boy Bobby adopted by infertile Marjorie, who did everything else right with husband Hans. Over the years, some of their paths cross again, all survivors meet at Frank's funeral.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ben Sombogaart
Production: Music Box Films
  11 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
130 min

- Yes.


Welcome to our small parish.

We've got our own parish.

We didn't like the Presbyterian one.

They're uninspired and sing in English.

Did you have a good flight?

- Yes.

Aren't we going to...

Aren't we going to wait...

I got us a truck.

An absolute bargain it was.

Down here they take an old car,

saw the back off

and build a loading platform.

People here improvise.


The Minister can't drive.

And I could hardly let him sit here, so...

Everything okay?


It can get cold in the Arthur's Pass.

How long's the drive?

- Five hours or so, maybe six.

Well, this is pleasant.

It's a Sunday morning.

Dad's got to send money

so I can go back.

I've made arrangements.

Did you bring anything else?

Something less...

I'm not sure they...

- Who?

Mr and Mrs Jottkowitz.

From the boarding house.


- The Rabbi's family.

I'll see.

It would be good if you could change,

because I don't know...

We can walk if you want.

It isn't far.

I'm going to go to the hotel.

I'm too tired. I need some sleep.

I can't be on my best

Jewish behaviour now. I'm exhausted.

When shall we meet?

- Tomorrow. Plenty of time.

What time? Where?

We go round the back.

Only snobs use the front door here.



- Did you see what that man's wearing?

They're relaxed about everything here.

Laid back is the term they use.

They're just very nice.

They don't laugh if you make a mistake.

What's happened to your hands?

So rough. And coarse.

I'll pick you up in the morning.



I'm coming.

If it does not please you

to serve the Lord,

decide today whom you will serve...



A bunker.

- They feared a Japanese invasion.

The city owns the land,

but the bunker is ours.

This is the kitchen. It is nearly ready.

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