Antonia's Line [VHS]
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great movie about the integrative power of aware, vital women, and the men that love and respect them. Read morePublished 9 months ago by L. Vaught
If not the greatest, then Antonia's Line is certainly one of the finest films I have ever viewed; a beautiful heartfelt story with superb acting and many surprising twists.Published 9 months ago by P J Montague
This is my most favorite movie..I opened the DVD for the first time this past week because my daughter wanted to see it. I have the VHS version and have watched it many times. Read morePublished 11 months ago by yentaline
One of my absolute favorite films. As the title states, it is the story of Antonia and her "line" of descendents, both by blood and by friendship. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Loup Noir
One of the best movies I have ever seen. Everyone should have it in their collection. I lost my (lending it to a friend) and I have not been able to find a good copy of it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by N. Nieve
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