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In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

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Stijn Coninx

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Fernand Auwera (scenario), Louis Paul Boon (novel) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Decleir ... Adolf Daens
Gérard Desarthe Gérard Desarthe ... Charles Woeste
Antje de Boeck ... Nette Scholliers
Michael Pas ... Jan De Meeter
Karel Baetens Karel Baetens ... Jefke
Julien Schoenaerts Julien Schoenaerts ... Bishop Stillemans
Wim Meuwissen Wim Meuwissen ... Pieter Daens
Brit Alen Brit Alen ... Louise Daens
Johan Leysen ... Schmitt
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Eugene Borremans
Linda van Dyck Linda van Dyck ... Elizabeth Borremans (as Linda van Dijck)
Jappe Claes Jappe Claes ... Ponnet
Brenda Bertin Brenda Bertin ... Marie
Alex Wilequet Alex Wilequet ... Monsignor Goossens
Rik Hancké Rik Hancké ... Nuncio
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In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the petite bourgeoisie in oppressing workers. He writes a few columns for the Catholic paper, and soon workers are listening and the powerful are in an uproar. He's expelled from the Catholic party, so he starts the Christian Democrats and is elected to Parliament. After Rome disciplines him, he must choose between two callings, as priest and as champion of workers. In subplots, a courageous young woman falls in love with a socialist and survives a shop foreman's rape; children die; prelates play billiards. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Belgium | France | Netherlands

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Flemish | Dutch | French | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

25 February 1993 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A Oposição See more »

Filming Locations:

Piotrkow, Poland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Matthias Schoenaerts. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a version spanning a total of 196 minutes. Mostly shown as a four part mini-series. See more »

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Referenced in Musical daens (2008) See more »

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The best Belgian movie I've ever seen
28 February 2005 | by witte_merelSee all my reviews

This is the best Belgian film I've ever seen. And since I am Belgian, I've seen a lot of them. Antje De Boeck is such a wonderful actress and Jan Declair is absolutely our best actor. You could recently see him in "De zaak Alzheimer" as Ledda. The story is as realistic as possible, but luckily there is that little romance to bring happiness in the rather depressing story. To understand the full beauty of the movie you should have to understand Dutch, or even both French and Dutch (as most Flemish people do (=inhabitants of the northern half of Belgium)), because even the accents have been adapted to the right time span. Just a note to the Flemish: (Ik zal het in het Engels moeten doen, want deze site accepteert niet veel in het Nederlands) If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should do it right away! You can learn more from it than from all history classes at school! Because in my opinion, history is still about people, not about facts.


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