Antonia’s Line (1995)

MARLEEN GORRIS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  

Original title:  Antonia

The Netherlands/Belgium/United Kingdom, 1995.  , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Marleen Gorris.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , ,.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1995.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.

Rich chronicle of a family of women in post-World War II Holland. Antonia () is a free-spirited matriarch who returns to the village of her youth with her teenage daughter () when the war is over and she has been widowed. The many relationships that they form, friends and lovers alike, make up the adventures of the heart that this film explores, and every bit of it ripe with enjoyment. These women are fierce and independent, unapologetic about their passions and exceptional members of their community, so charismatic that the film’s lack of a central challenge (given that the characters prove their mettle but end up as good as they began) matters very little.

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