Main Cast : Rutger Hauer - Frank
Willeke van Ammelrooy - Marjorie
Pleuni Touw - Ada
Petra Laseur - Esther
Anna Drijver - Yong Esther
Karina Smulders - Young Ada
Elisa Schaap - Young Marjorie
Nathalie Brocker - Model
Kim Hermans - Ambulancier
Screenplay: Marieke van der Pol
1953. Three young Dutch women, Marjorie, Ada and Esther, eager to escape the damp and suffocating atmosphere in post-war Holland, are looking forward to a brighter life in New Zealand.
They meet each other on the immigration flight to their new country, where they are to be joined with their future husbands, already settled in New Zealand.
During the flight the three young women encounter Frank, who is immigrating to New Zealand to be a share farmer.
In the early years in their new country, the lives of Marjorie, Esther and Ada become entangled.
They lose each other out of sight and it’s only after fifty years, at Frank’s funeral that they discover how much their lives have become intertwined through their different relationships with Frank.
A bittersweet tale of love, hope and expectations.
Notes: This film is inspired by the true story of the Last Great Air Race London – Christchurch in October 1953. The KLM aircraft that won the handicap race, carried 40 Dutch immigrants to New Zealand. Most of them were young women on their way to join their fiancés already settled in their new country. The international press gave the KLM flight the nickname ‘Bride Flight’.