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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 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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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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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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Budget:

£1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,823,217
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Female-centric, not anti-male
14 October 2001 | by wayne-106See 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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