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

Director:

Marleen Gorris

Writer:

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

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

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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The first movie directed by a woman to win an Oscar. See more »

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Verteller: Days turned into weeks, then into years. Antonia planted, Danielle painted, the fields turned green, then brown again.
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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 scarlett-43See 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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Country:

Netherlands | Belgium | UK | France

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antonia's Line See more »

Filming Locations:

Neuville-aux-Tourneurs, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,051, 4 February 1996

Gross USA:

$4,228,275

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,249,321
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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