Antonia (Antonia's Line) Reviews

January 9, 2019
[Antonia's Line] ultimately evolves into a familial epic covering three generations of independent women. It is fine storytelling.
November 28, 2017
It's a broad historical saga of great warmth, but it would have been more convincing if it didn't have "feminist agenda" stamped all over it.
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 movie is so pastorally lovely to look at, its characters so likable and its lulling rhythms so soothing that it's easy to forget that it's a lot of pleasant, plotless hooey.
October 4, 2016
A hamfisted feminist parable.
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
Antonia's Line perfectly fits the Oscar mold: set in the past, studiously PC, sentimental, multigenerational, and loaded with hollow ruminations on the nature of life, death, and the passage of time.
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
I didn't much take to this humorless, Oscar-winning 1995 feminist fable.
October 4, 2016
Morbid and overwrought.
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.