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Antonia's Line (1995)
"Antonia" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  2 February 1996 (USA)
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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:
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Antonia
Els Dottermans ...
Danielle
Dora van der Groen ...
Allegonde
Veerle van Overloop ...
Thérèse
Esther Vriesendorp ...
Thérèse (13)
Carolien Spoor ...
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
Catherine ten Bruggencate ...
Malle Madonna (Mad Madonna)
Paul Kooij ...
Protestant
Fran Waller Zeper ...
Olga
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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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dutch | village | ex priest | full moon | death | See more »

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A motion picture that celebrates everything you love about life.

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Comedy | Drama

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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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Antonia: So life begins, without knowing where it came from or why it exists. But why? Because life wants to live.
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My Blue Heaven
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Female-centric, not anti-male
14 October 2001 | by (Brandon, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie that shows how one woman and the people around her find happiness while rejecting the roles that society would force on them. There are good men such as farmer Bas and Simon, and perhaps even the priest in the end. This movie is not primarily about them however. It is about Antonia and her line of descendents: Danielle, Therese and Sarah. By rejecting stereotypes about the mentally ill, gay or other marginalized groups and accepting everyone for what they are, this family was able to find happiness in the face of hardship. Despite the despair of crooked finger, they prove that life is worth living. It is a complex movie. In the word of one of Therese's suitors, life is an intersection of relationships. The many relationships portrayed in this movie, most loving, some not, are what give it life and give the lives of these characters its meaning. I am a male and opponent of excessive political correctness. I was not offended in the least by this movie. The characters in it are wonderful. They happen to be mainly women, which is a refreshing change in a world where so often the female characters are only there as props for the male stars. I give it fourteen thumbs up!


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