Priest Daens

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Priest Daens

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Priest Daens

Release Date: October 01, 1992

Year    :   1992
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Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Shooting Star Filmcompany, Dérives Productions, Favourite Films
Director    :   Stijn Coninx
Producers    :   Job Gosschalk, Dirk Impens, Maria Peters, Dave Schram, Hans Pos, Jean-Luc Ormières, Eddy Stevesyns, Jerzy Piaseczny, Jo van Hende, Daphni Gadellaa, Frank Jansen, Kris Vinck, Guy De Lombaert
Writers    :   François Chevallier, Stijn Coninx, Addy Weijers, Fernand Auwera, Louis Paul Boon
RunTime    :   138 mins.

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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