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Antonia's Line (1995)

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

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Cast

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

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

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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Antonia's Line  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,823,217 (USA)
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Quotes

Boer Bas: My sons need a mother.
Antonia: I don't need your sons.
Boer Bas: You don't need a husband?
Antonia: What for?
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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My Blue Heaven
Written by George Whiting and Walter Donaldson
Performed by Dora van der Groen and Centrum Nieuwe Koormuziek
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It's not anti-male, anti-family, anti-religion
18 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think the other viewer got it wrong when they said the movie suggested "who needs men?". This movie contains every kind of relationship combination imaginable-- the message was anybody can find love. People also have children under all sorts of circumstances in this movie. The characters are in a family like relationship to each other because in a lot of cases they don't fit in with their family or the norm. Not to mention it explores the relationship of a woman with her family--- her mother, her daughter and her granddaughter. This movie explores religion and atheism, namely the hypocrisy of religion and the emptiness and search for meaning when one doesn't have religion. This movie explores a lot of themes- love, life, death, good vs. evil, and meaning. If all a person got out of it was that it was anti-family and anti-religion and anti-male, then they have lived a pretty sheltered life and won't get "it" anyway.


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