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Antonia's Line (1995) (Import All Region)

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  • Actors: Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans
  • Directors: Marleen Gorris
  • Subtitles: English, Korean
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: World Digital Entertainment
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016C1QIQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,052 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and many of the most prestigious international film honors, Antonia's Line is an inspiring and uplifting masterpiece, as big hearted and full of life as the unforgettable character at its heart. At the end of the Second World War, a spirited, independent woman returns to the place of her birth, a small village in the verdant Dutch countryside, to start a new life with her young daughter. Thus begins a remarkable portrait of a family and a community of mothers and daughters, and of one indomitable woman. Earthy, sexy, romantic, filled with laughter and warmth, it is a joyous celebration of simple pleasures and enduring passions. Lived by Antonia and learned by all in her lineage, it's a legacy of life and love that spans five generations.

Customer Reviews

The acting in this film is wonderful....it is a movie I hated to see end.
Great movie - drama, comedy, great acting, photography, truth, beauty, goodness - it has it all.
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Antonia and the other women really do not `appear' for the men in their lives.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Eat The Rich Books on February 4, 2000
Format: DVD
I remember seeing this movie in the theatre, first run, knowing nothing about what was to come. I remember thinking as I left, how it was movies like this that made the movies so special. How a story could be so simply, and beautifully told.
There is nothing usual in the world of Antonia. A single mother, she leaves the city with her young daughter to return to the small hamlet that was once her home. It is the time of her mother's death, and Antonia will take over the operation of the now-decrepit farm. She is ill equipped to run a farm at face, yet her force of will and purity of spirit make no task impossible. She is a strong woman, a good woman. She does what has to be done, and uses or finds the necessary tools amongst the chaos at hand.
I believe the English title Antonia's Line (rather than Antonia) refers to the line of people she gathers through her life. This extended family grows from the most unlikely sources. They feast together outdoors weekly at one long table, and as the movie progresses, the size of the table grows and grows to accommodate each and every new member in Antonia's Line.
Antonia is a tale of tales, some mysterious and wonderful, some very basic and also wonderful. And throughout the line grows as Antonia's extended family encompasses more and more endearing souls.
I was hardly surprised when Antonia won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Every time I see this film I find I do not tire of it, and every time I see it I come away feeling better.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. ANZIULEWICZ on August 31, 2001
Format: DVD
This is one of those exquisite films that too many people will overlook because (1) it's a foreign film with English subtitles, and (2) the title and packaging make it look too esoteric. Personally I probably wouldn't have even seen this movie had I not come across it in our local library's nascent DVD collection, from which I was able to check it out for free. I'm so glad I did. "Antonia's Line" was one of the most sweet yet cerebral films I've seen in a long time. It's a 40-odd year "slice o' life" revolving around Antonia, a woman who returns to her little Dutch village, daughter in tow, after the end of World War II. As the years go by, Antonia gathers together a slowly growing extended family that includes some very colorful characters. There are moments of humor, surrealism, and sweet love ... but also moments of ugliness and sadness. Gay audiences will enjoy the matter-of-fact portrayal of a Lesbian couple, and feminists will enjoy the supreme strength of character of Antonia herself. Social conservatives would be advised to look elsewhere; they simply won't understand. When this little film simply ENDED in the way it must, I cried and cried. "Antonia's Line" is a very sweet, sublime film about the cycles of life. It's somewhat slow going at first, but the payoff is rich indeed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jessica Benson on May 11, 2004
Format: DVD
Antonia's line is an amazing film about four generations of strong, independent women. While most movies about single mothers stereotype them in both positive and negative ways, Antonia's Line is different. Antonia moves back to the dutch countryside after being away for twenty years. She has to face many difficulties in the town, yet through it all she is a pillar of strength. She knows what she wants, and she acts upon it, regardless of what people think of her. She passes on these same views to her daughter. Antonia's line seems to critique the normal stereotypes by portraying Antonia as a foil to them. Her honesty, and disregard for public opinion sets her apart. The film also works to intersect Antonia's race, culture, gender and class in an amazing web that shapes her character. The influence of Antonia's race is clear in the way that she acts around the people of the town. She explains to her daughter who each person is, and why they act the way that they do. She knows how to handle even the most obnoxious of the town memebers. She is every bit a women, yet she exhaults in her femininity rather than hiding behind it. She makes her opinions and ideas well known. She is not afraid of the judgement that may accompany her views. She entertains suitors, while maintaining an honest attitude about exactly what she wants. She is able to accept her family for who they are without exception. Antonia's Line is a wonderful story with fully developed characters. Antonia and her family portray the true essence of femininity better than any other characters I have seen. Do not let the subtitles stop you. This film is a must see.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: DVD
The men in this movie are not cardboard cut-outs. Crooked Fingers is probably the most complicated character in the film, and Antonia's lover is shown as a caring and kind man who was the intially the only one to stand up for DeeDee. Yes, he's not delved into to a great degree, because the film isn't about him.
There ARE men in the family, every women except for the lesbian character has a significant male companion. Just because these men aren't constantly shown protecting and providing for the women doesn't mean they don't exist or aren't important. In fact, towards the end the red-haired man is shown as the main parent to the little girl.
If women are treated as props in films, it is never significant enough to note in a review; however, because this movie focuses on women instead of men, at least half the reviews are by people who think this movie implied men are unimportant. Indeed, there are hundereds of films where women don't even appear on screen at all. Why is it only a fair criticism when leveled at movies about females? And how does this movie show that men are unnecessary?
And Antonia doesn't kill herself, she just knows it's time to die. She's old, in her seventies or eighties at that point. How is that selfish? If anybody was selfish about their life and death decisions it was Crooked Fingers. And having a child without a man is not selfish as long as you have caring people to raise it. That is a moral judgement call on your part; you must believe only heterosexual couples should raise children.
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