Friday, June 10, 2011
Ben Sombogaart's BRIDE FLIGHT: get ready for some succulent soap opera
Runaway Bride, though that is the first film TrustMovies thought of when he heard the title BRIDE FLIGHT. Instead, this sterling new "sudser," directed by Ben Sombogaart (shown just below), takes us back to Holland, just-post World War II, and from there to New Zealand, as we travel with three Dutch beauties who are emigrating as war brides. How exotic! But these things indeed happened back then, particularly in a Europe barely recovering from the Axis epidemic, where young women might look forward to a better (or at least a different) life far from the still-smoking remains of wartime.
screenwriter Marieke van der Pol, the movie begins in modern times as a fellow named Frank (played by the still-virile Rutger Hauer) makes a visit, along with his dog, to what looks like his very own winery. There he, friends and co-workers toast a new crop. But then... Nope: I'm not going to spoil anything here. Cut to that titular flight and its preparation a half-century earlier, during which we meet our three heroines: Ada (kind, sweet and semi-innocent), Esther (a hot Holocaust survivor and would-be fashion designer) and Marjorie (an attractive young woman who is very pragmatic).
Waldemar Torenstra (above)-- is a gorgeous hunk who, were it not for those three leading ladies, would single-handedly keep this movie percolating (it actually boils over during one very hot sex scene).
Karina Smulders smolders beautifully, torn as she is (above) between doing the right thing and what she so desperately wants. As Marjorie, Elsie Schaap (below) finds interesting layers of desire, anger and gratitude within her pragmatism, while Anna Drijver as Esther (shown two photos below) brings unexpected poignancy to her portrait of a glamorous, hard-as-nails striver determined to make up for the Holocaust all by herself.
Music Box Films, opens today, Friday, June 10, in some 20 theaters throughout New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and California (in Manhattan, it's at the Paris Theater), with many more cities and theaters to be added in the weeks to come. Click here to see the entire list of playdates scheduled for the film through the month of July.