Flying Home (2014)

Flying Home (2014)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Romance
  • Director: Dominique Deruddere
  • Cast: Jamie Dornan, Jan Decleir, Charlotte Debruyne, Josse De Pauw, Viviane de Muynck, Gene Bervoets


Colin, an ambitious young American businessman, has a deal with a potential client, a rich Arab sheikh who is a passionate pigeon fancier. The sheikh has tried several times to buy a champion pigeon, but the owner continues to stubbornly refuse his offer. In an attempt to gain the trust of the Sheikh, Colin offers him a deal: if he manages to convince the owner to sell the champion pigeon, the sheikh will agree to do business with Colin’s company. But when Colin meets Jos, the grumpy owner of the pigeon, and Isabella, his granddaughter, he realizes that this mission will not be as easy as he had hoped.


  • I didn’t expect much from this movie, but afterwards I can say I enjoyed it. The contrast between the rich American businessman and a simple Belgian family and the priest is very well done, which can result in some funny dialogues and events. It’s a story, easy to watch, where you feel sorry for the characters in Belgium. You hope everything’s gonna be alright with them. The acting is really good, especially the father of the girl (who loses his pigeon for the big money) delivers a great performance. Do not expect a masterpiece while watching “Flying Home” and I’m sure you will enjoy this beautiful romance…

  • Originally titled Flying Home but renamed to the equally generic Racing Hearts for its worldwide video release, this English-language feature debut from Oscar-nominated Belgian director Dominique Deruddere (Everybody’s Famous) features Jamie Dornan roadtesting his viability as a romantic leading man before the Fifty Shades of Grey madness goes into overdrive.

    Using the unlikely backdrop of competitive pigeon racing as the engine for its romance, the film introduces us to Dornan’s Colin Montgomery, a Wall Street wheeler-dealer assigned to convince a sheik worth billions to invest in one of Colin’s company’s funds. The sheik (Ali Suliman) is already set on giving his money to one of Colin’s competitors, but Colin finds a hook after learning of the sheik’s passion for competitive pigeon racing and dream of winning the Barcelona International race. If Colin can acquire the sheik’s dream pigeon, then Colin’s company receives the sheik’s money.

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