Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, July 29, 2011 – Sunday, July 31, 2011

(Netherlands/2008—directed by Ben Sombogaart)
An audience favorite at festivals the world over, this lavish and visually lush romantic epic charts the lives of three women from very 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 rural girl Ada, dogmatic Marjorie, and fashion designer Esther become fast friends during the 1953 KLM flight that carried the brides to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch. Though they part ways upon arrival in their new country to begin their new lives, the women’s paths continue to cross in the years to come in unexpected ways as love affairs, betrayals and unbreakable bonds spur them toward an inevitable yet eye-opening final reunion fifty years later. In Dutch and English with English subtitles. (130 min.)
“A strong story, excellent cinematography, and moving, multilayered performances.” –Variety
"Five Stars! Exhilarating." -San Franciscio Chronicle 
"Lavishly entertaining."   -New York Observer
Friday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 and 4:30 p.m.