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Antonia's Line (1995)

Antonia (original title)
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A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Els Dottermans ...
Dora van der Groen ...
Veerle van Overloop ...
Esther Vriesendorp ...
Thérèse (13)
Thérèse (6)
Thyrza Ravesteijn ...
Mil Seghers ...
Kromme Vinger (Crooked Finger)
Boer Bas
Elsie de Brauw ...
Marina de Graaf ...
Jan Steen ...
Lippen Willem (Loony Lips)
Catherine ten Bruggencate ...
Malle Madonna (Mad Madonna)
Paul Kooij ...


In an anonymous Dutch village, a sturdy, strong-willed matriarch looks back upon her life, the generations of family and friends gathered around her table, and ponders the cyclical nature of time. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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A motion picture that celebrates everything you love about life.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, and for some violence, including a rape scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Antonia's Line  »

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Box Office


$4,823,217 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Verteller: The proverb is wrong. Time does not heal all wounds. It merely softens the pain and blurs the memories.
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Great film, well made with incredible characters.
25 May 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with those who claim that this film is ULTRA feminist. Though Marleen Gorris' feminism is indeed apparent is indisputable. But people who are not necessarily part of the feminist movement will still appreciate this film. It is a more modern view of the independent woman, but I didn't see the political agenda of Gorris overpowering the film. It can be enjoyed as a simple "fairy-tale" (as declared by Gorris herself). The portrayal of women as independent and strong is definitely refreshing, but those who claim this film makes a statement against religion and family aren't necessarily accurate. the film covers these issues, showing women's strength in dealing with religious hypocrites and single motherhood, but I personally didn't feel the film was encouraging all women to leave the church or raise up families independently. It's a marvelous story of women's strengths and vulnerabilities, and the love that the women in one family share. ALL people will enjoy this film.

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