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Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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A strong-willed Dutch woman recalls her life in this uplifting picture that won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) is an elderly woman who wakes up one morning and realizes that this is the last day of her life. She begins to tell her story in flashback, beginning with her arrival home to the family farm after World War II with her daughter, Danielle (Els Dottermans). For the next fifty years, a variety of colorful characters come and go on the

Oct 12, 1999

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Odd feminist fun.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Written and directed with quirky charm by Marleen Gorris.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Pleasant, if too-precious.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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This is the rare film that does actually succeed in suggesting the experience of a lifetime.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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Gorris has fashioned a rare and wonderful world capable of provoking both laughter and tears -- sometimes at the same time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Even if [Gorris] is too optimistic, I am glad her movie made me feel hopeful and cheerful.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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Harsh and gentle, sensual and intellectual, wise-ass and heartfelt -- it's a full package.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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An amateurish, self-conscious film with a ham-fisted message.

June 24, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Can women live happily without men? This is the question posed by the Dutch director Marleen Gorris in her idealized feminist fairytale about one independently minded woman and her family.

March 26, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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A wonderfully eccentric film about the high value of feminine friendship, independence, intuition, and solidarity.

February 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

If only Gorris ... had pandered less to her audience.

January 1, 2000
Boxoffice Magazine

The magical realism in Antonia's Line is neither magical nor real.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

A one sided view of life that makes the men in the audience want to leave in the dark by the side exit of the theater before the lights go up in fear that one of the women will cry out, 'there goes one of them, get him'.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

An episodic, sketchy comedy-drama that reaches for the stars... but settles for the balcony.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Here is female empowerment as you've never seen it on screen before, with the narrative daring to make no compromises at all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

A little movie with an enormous heart.

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

The winning charm of the lead characters and their glorious triumph over convention conspire to weave a magical movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A feminist fable for all time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Antonia (Antonia's Line)

Antonia's Line is a quirky and whimsical story of Antonia with themes on love, family, and community that also gently explores topics on feminism and independence. Emotionally engaging, pleasant, and precious masterpiece. Remarkable.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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A woman recalls her entire adult life on her deathbed.
This film is way too expository, relying almost solely on narration to tell the story. It's not really a film because it uses almost none of the elements inherent to film; rather, it's a short novel with pictures and actors.
A perfect example of the film's flaws is the impact of the second rape scene. Out of the blue, we hear that a character has been raped, and then we see Antonia's response to it, taking a gun and kicking the rapist out of town. But this sequence, ripe with emotional resonance, has almost no impact on the audience because there wasn't an adequate set-up, so that we can feel suspense and fear for the victim, and there wasn't any visual, graphic or implied, that allowed us to see the result of the crime. The sequence becomes mere Cliff's Notes, and the same problem pervades the entire film.
And the titular character is almost a minor role. I'm surprised that the film didn't center around her and the other interesting character, "Crooked Finger," more.
Overall, Antonia's Line is like the connective tissue of a Victorian novel, over-narrated, maudlin, and unspecific.
July 29, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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One of the most wonderful generational pictures that I have been witness to. Not just a "womens' film"
July 25, 2007
John Ballantine

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  • Antonias Welt (DE)
  • Antonia's Line (UK)
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