Antonia (Antonia's Line)
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A strong-willed Dutch woman recalls her life in this uplifting picture that won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) is an elderly woman who wakes up one morning and realizes that this is the last day of her life. She begins to tell her story in flashback, beginning with her arrival home to the family farm after World War II with her daughter, Danielle (Els Dottermans). For the next fifty years, a variety of colorful characters come and go on the farm. Danielle becomes a painter, and decides she wants a child but no husband, so Antonia arranges… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Odd feminist fun."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"This is the rare film that does actually succeed in suggesting the experience of a lifetime."
‑ John Teegarden,
"Harsh and gentle, sensual and intellectual, wise-ass and heartfelt -- it's a full package."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A wonderfully eccentric film about the high value of feminine friendship, independence, intuition, and solidarity."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A one sided view of life that makes the men in the audience want to leave in the dark by the side exit of the theater before the lights go up in fear that one of the women will cry out, 'there goes one of them, get him'."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Written and directed with quirky charm by Marleen Gorris."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gorris has fashioned a rare and wonderful world capable of provoking both laughter and tears -- sometimes at the same time."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"An amateurish, self-conscious film with a ham-fisted message."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"If only Gorris ... had pandered less to her audience."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"An episodic, sketchy comedy-drama that reaches for the stars... but settles for the balcony."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Pleasant, if too-precious."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"Even if [Gorris] is too optimistic, I am glad her movie made me feel hopeful and cheerful."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Can women live happily without men? This is the question posed by the Dutch director Marleen Gorris in her idealized feminist fairytale about one independently minded woman and her family."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The magical realism in Antonia's Line is neither magical nor real."
‑ Carlo Cavagna,
"Here is female empowerment as you've never seen it on screen before, with the narrative daring to make no compromises at all."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
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