A romantic drama that charts the lives of three women from different backgrounds, forever changed when they emigrate to New Zealand as war brides.
Bride Flight is a long movie, it’s two hours and 10 minutes, 130 minutes. It’s subtitled, so already you’re thinking oh please. And it’s not in 3D. But let me tell you, this is one of those wonderful movies that will stay with you, like a good meal or a good wine, or good anything, for a very long time. It’s based in three different periods of time. The first is it starts in 1953, where there was apparently a flight — a worldwide aerial race, and a KLM flight went from Holland to New Zealand, and the idea was who could get there first. The particular flight from Holland had a lot of women who were going to be mail-order brides in New Zealand, because there had been flooding in Holland and it was following World War II and so there were a lot of people who really desperate to start a new life. It focuses on three women who are going to be brides in New Zealand, and one guy who’s going to sort of find his way in the new world. He wants to be a farmer. And then we next see them in the 1960s. This basically goes over five decades — it gets us to 2008, and how each of them fare. This is one of those wonderful, sort of novel-ish movies where you care about the characters. A lot of character development, how they interact. It’s just lovely, it’s beautifully shot. You love the characters. It’s very believable, even the so-called bad guys are really interesting. I’d give four and a half stars.