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  • Summary: A lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from 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 farm girl Ada, dogmatic Marjorie, and Jewish fashion designer Esther becomeA lavish romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from 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 farm girl Ada, dogmatic Marjorie, and Jewish fashion designer Esther become become friends during the 1953 KLM flight that carried the brides to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch. They part ways on arrival in their new country and begin their new lives, but their paths continue to cross in the years to come. Chance meetings result in love affairs, betrayal and impenetrable bonds, leading up to a final reunion fifty years later. (Music Box Films) Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jun 9, 2011
    100
    Bride Flight gives a panoramic sweep of lives as they're lived, as there is a lot of beauty in it.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jun 10, 2011
    75
    The kind of lush, epic romantic weepie that Hollywood used to deliver on a regular basis for packed matinees at Radio City Music Hall.
  3. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Jun 7, 2011
    70
    The flashbacks dominate, playing like wet-inked storyboards: pioneer women forced into patriarch games; a baby born in secrecy and raised in deceit; Jewish legacy lost and found. When the men are all dead, the women speak freely, wrapping up two florid hours with a pickled sentence or two.
  4. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Jun 16, 2011
    63
    The beauty of the actors and the ravishing landscape of New Zealand goes a long way to make Ben Sombogaart's sudsy film so eminently watchable.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jun 10, 2011
    60
    The plotlines are clich├ęd and the score overbearing, but uniformly strong turns go a long way towards shaping the lush, nostalgic atmosphere. Don't forget to bring tissues.
  6. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    Aside from its period New Zealand setting, there is little to distinguish Bride Flight from something you might watch briefly on Lifetime, then change the channel.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Jun 30, 2011
    30
    Smug and unconvincing.

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  1. Jun 15, 2011
    6
    This was pretty schmaltzy somewhat saved by charming talented actors who are easy on the eyes. All stops are pulled out in this kiwi soapThis was pretty schmaltzy somewhat saved by charming talented actors who are easy on the eyes. All stops are pulled out in this kiwi soap opera and they might have gotten away with it but for the SCORE!!!!
    I rarely leave before the credits finish rolling but as if the over the top instrumental drowning of the story hadn't been sufficient then my ears were expected to suffer through some sappy pop sing to finish it all off. Might have been Jewel or maybe a Jewel wannabe, who would wannabe? One more minute and I would have needed artificial resuscitation.
    I will say they did manage to convey the vulnerability and claustrophobic suffering that some women experienced in that time period. Sadly women in war zones and other impoverished places still have no control over who they marry and no choice about when and how often they'll bear children.
    News of a pregnancy can be the best or the worst news that never changes. Thank heaven for birth control and imagine how much better the world would be if all women had that option.
    I digress if you like those big technicolor women weepies from the 50's you'll love it.
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