Antonia's Line

1995, Comedy/Drama, 1h 33m

51 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Magical and morbid, Antonia picturesque landscapes and proficient performances elevate a somewhat pedestrian parable. Read critic reviews

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After World War II, Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) and her daughter, Danielle (Els Dottermans), go back to their Dutch hometown, where Antonia's late mother has bestowed a small farm upon her. There, Antonia settles down and joins a tightly-knit but unusual community. Those around her include quirky friend Crooked Finger (Mil Seghers), would-be suitor Bas (Jan Decleir) and, eventually for Antonia, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter who help create a strong family of empowered women.

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  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2011
    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, <i>Antonia's Line</i> is like the connective tissue of a Victorian novel, over-narrated, maudlin, and unspecific.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2007
    One of the most wonderful generational pictures that I have been witness to. Not just a "womens' film"
    John B Super Reviewer

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