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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.



Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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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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the keys of life
12 December 2004 | by (Fayetteville) – See all my reviews

Perhaps Antonia and her pink house unveiled for us the simplicity of the answer of those questions: 'what is life? Why are we here? What's my path? Where I belong? What's beneath and beyond? Could the whole learning and knowledge in this world help us to go through this life? And the answer is so simple and so beautiful drew in this impeccable movie. The answer is not just love, unconditional love, but accepting. Accepting suddenly became the ultimate form of love. The scenes come one after the other, like paintings, time is flying and you feel its wings, the world dies and reborn with every day, technology takes place of the old things, churches become empty, people die, children are born, the fields get green and brown, but above all the table from the garden will be always full with people, because there, at the pink house, some people discovered that the miracle of life is life itself, is love and is acceptance.

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