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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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Marleen Gorris

Writer:

Marleen Gorris
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Cast

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.

Genres:

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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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:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,823,217
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Boer Bas: I wanted to have a word.
Antonia: What about?
Boer Bas: About you and me. About marriage. I was thinking, you're a widow and my wife is dead. You are a good-looking woman. My sons need a mother.
Antonia: But, I don't need your sons.
Boer Bas: No?
Antonia: No.
Boer Bas: Don't you need a husband?
Antonia: What for?
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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 ferretcat1See 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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