Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)

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This joyful European drama chronicles the life of an independent, strong-willed Dutch woman who lived in a small farming community. The story opens on the very last day of Antonia's life. She is an old woman and is aware that her life is finally ebbing away. She tells her story via flashback. It begins as WW II ends and she and her adolescent daughter Danielle are returning to 40-year-old Antonia's family farm. The story then follows their lives for the next fifty years as they work hard, bear … More

Rating: R (for strong sexual content, and for some violence, including a rape scene.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Marleen Gorris
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 1999
Runtime:
BMG

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Cast


as Boer Bas

as Crooked Finger

as Loony Lips

as Blacksmith

as Veerle Van Overloop

as Farmer Daan

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as The Curate

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Thérèse

as The Protestant

as Letta's Other Child

as The Village Priest

as Letta's Other Child

as Therese (age 13)

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Therese (age 6)

as Letta's Other Child

as Mother Theodora

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as The Professor

as Letta's Other Child

as Protestant

as Simon (age 13)

as Letta's Other Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Simon (age 6)

as Letta's Other Child

as Muisje's Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Deedee's Child

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Muisje's Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Picture of Maria

as Letta's Other Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Letta's Other Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Muisje's Child

as Letta's Other Child

as Farmer Bas's Other C...

as Letta's Other Child

as Picture of Jesus
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Critic Reviews for Antonia (Antonia's Line)

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11)

Antonia is obviously our point person here, but she's such a sour pickle that you never get to ease into her story.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Odd feminist fun.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Gorris has fashioned a rare and wonderful world capable of provoking both laughter and tears -- sometimes at the same time.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
Top Critic

Even if [Gorris] is too optimistic, I am glad her movie made me feel hopeful and cheerful.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Pleasant, if too-precious.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

This is the rare film that does actually succeed in suggesting the experience of a lifetime.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
Top Critic

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

One of the most wonderful generational pictures that I have been witness to. Not just a "womens' film"

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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