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Daens: 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.

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Released: February 25, 1993
Runtime: 138 mins
Genres: Biography Drama History
Countries: Belgium France Netherlands
Director: Stijn Coninx
Actors: Alain Van Goethem Alex Wilequet Andre Simon Andrzej Gloskowski Anna Grazyna Suchocka Antje de Boeck Arthur Semay Barbara Polomska Bert Cosemans Brenda Bertin Brit Alen Daniel Dury Door van Boeckel Frank Vercruyssen Fred Van Kuyk Gaston Bertin Genowefa Korska Gerald Marti Gerard Desarthe Gert Portael Gilbert Charles Giovanni Di Benedetto Gunther Lesage Herbert Flack Idwig Stephane Jan Decleir Jan Steen Jappe Claes Jean Gerardy Jeanine Schevernels Johan Leysen Julien Schoenaerts Koen van Impe Leon Niemczyk Linda van Dyck Ludo Busschots Ludwik Benoit Luk D'Heu Manu Verreth Marc Legein Marc Peeters Marilou Mermans Mark Van Eeghem Max Croiset Max Schnur Michael Pas Micheline Hardy Myriam Bronzwaar Paul Wuyts Peter van Asbroeck Rik Hancke Roger Francel Stef Baeyens Tadeusz Falana Tadeusz Teodorczyk Vic Moeremans Wieslawa Grochowska Wim Meuwissen Yves Degen

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Posted by Kaasbammetje 2 years ago
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This is a very good movie about the proletariat during the industrialization in the Belgium history. Must have seen movie. The story is great and acting perfect. I loved it. I give this movie a 9/10.

Posted by proana 2 years, 1 month ago
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A Belgium masterpiece that was definitely worthy of its Oscar nomination in 1992. It's a beautifully acted, wonderfully casted, and superbly directed foreign language picture. There's not a flaw to it. This is a film that you won't soon forget, the plot is meaningful, engrossing, and also very educational. A must see. 4/5.

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