BRIDE FLIGHT is a lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women who escape the gloom of post-WWII Holland for what they hope will be a better life in New Zealand. Ada, the shy but sensual farm girl, Marjorie, who dreams of a big family, and Esther, a Holocaust survivor who aspires to be a fashion designer, become fast friends during the long flight taking them to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch. On the flight the women also meet Frank, a dashing young man who will play a large role in each of their lives. Upon arrival, they part ways to start their new lives, but their paths continue to cross with chance meetings resulting in adultery, betrayal and near tragedy leading up to a reunion fifty years later.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
The weepy story at the heart of "Bride Flight" is trumped by its sumptuous depiction of New Zealand in the 1950s and '60s. This lushness has the effect of a powerful fabric softener added to the wash.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 06.09.2011
As in Twin Sisters, a veneer of nostalgia, plus excellent lensing and acting, make the soap-opera plot play on the bigscreen.Boyd van Hoeij, Variety, 06.24.2010
This Dutch melodrama compels despite its formulaic elements.Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, 06.13.2011
"Bride Flight'' is the sort of old-fashioned women's picture they stopped making around the time Christina Crawford had to put away the wire hangers.Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, 06.16.2011