Antonia (Antonia's Line) Reviews

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February 26, 2020
The most energizing, uplifting, woman-positive film I've ever seen.
January 9, 2019
[Antonia's Line] ultimately evolves into a familial epic covering three generations of independent women. It is fine storytelling.
October 4, 2016
Antonia is a work of rare lyricism. It glows with the light of a Flemish painting and the spirit of magic realism.
October 4, 2016
Antonia's Line is enjoyable because it is never preachy. It depicts, with a painterly eye, a pagan world that has not changed since Breughel.
October 4, 2016
There are a few moments of grating sentimentality, but these are balanced with a quirky humour and a mildly daring unpredictability.
October 4, 2016
The performances are modest and appealing. In the title role, Van Ammelrooy projects a remarkable combination of optimism, strength and resignation.
October 4, 2016
The movie has the feel and flow of magic realism, and brilliant performances by Willeke van Ammelooy as the Earth Mother Antonia and Els Dottermans as her lesbian daughter are extremely vivid.
October 4, 2016
It glides so easily over a multitude of events and characters that we're never jarred; Antonia and Bas make a winning alternative-community grandma and grandpa.
October 4, 2016
Poignant and pertinent, perhaps, but ultimately somewhat self-satisfied.
October 4, 2016
Beautiful, tender, hearty and poetic.
October 4, 2016
Antonia's Line is a Dutch treat that unfolds like a generous novel, surrounding you with its indelible sense of time, place and character.
February 6, 2009
In the title role, Van Ammelrooy provides a strong center to the rambling story, both feminine and authoritative.
May 8, 2007
Antonia's Line is a masterpiece. I say that even though I found the first 10 minutes ho-hum. By the time the movie was half over, I was hoping it would never end.
April 9, 2007
Harsh and gentle, sensual and intellectual, wise-ass and heartfelt -- it's a full package.
June 24, 2006
A vibrant saga, from the firebrand writer/director of A Question of Silence, combining feminist rigour with an involving dynastic narrative.
March 26, 2005
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.
February 14, 2003
June 5, 2002
Slow-moving, goofy and goodhearted.
February 22, 2002
A wonderfully eccentric film about the high value of feminine friendship, independence, intuition, and solidarity.
November 26, 2001
There are moments of great drama and tragedy here but one remembers most of all its lyrical, pastoral beauty, compassionate humour and tenderness.
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