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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Antonia
Els Dottermans ... Danielle
Dora van der Groen ... Allegonde
Veerle van Overloop ... Thérèse
Esther Vriesendorp ... Thérèse (13)
... Thérèse (6)
Thyrza Ravesteijn ... Sarah
Mil Seghers ... Kromme Vinger (Crooked Finger)
... Boer Bas
Elsie de Brauw ... Lara
... Simon
Marina de Graaf ... Deedee
Jan Steen ... Lippen Willem (Loony Lips)
Catherine ten Bruggencate ... Malle Madonna (Mad Madonna)
Paul Kooij ... Protestant
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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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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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2 February 1996 (USA)  »

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£1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,823,217
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Boer Daan: Still as mean and ugly as before. But, Christ, what a well-stacked daughter you've got. Here, my two sons. Thoroughbred stallions both of them, ready to be put out to stud. Just right for this girl of yours, eh?
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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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Great film, well made with incredible characters.
25 May 1999 | by 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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