Antonia (Antonia's Line)
Antonia (Antonia's Line) (1995)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 12, 1995
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Antonia is a work of rare lyricism. It glows with the light of a Flemish painting and the spirit of magic realism.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

It glides so easily over a multitude of events and characters that we're never jarred; Antonia and Bas make a winning alternative-community grandma and grandpa.

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Chris Peachment
Daily Telegraph (UK)

It's a broad historical saga of great warmth, but it would have been more convincing if it didn't have "feminist agenda" stamped all over it.

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Howard Kissel
New York Daily News

Antonia's Line is enjoyable because it is never preachy. It depicts, with a painterly eye, a pagan world that has not changed since Breughel.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I didn't much take to this humorless, Oscar-winning 1995 feminist fable.

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There are a few moments of grating sentimentality, but these are balanced with a quirky humour and a mildly daring unpredictability.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The performances are modest and appealing. In the title role, Van Ammelrooy projects a remarkable combination of optimism, strength and resignation.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Beautiful, tender, hearty and poetic.

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Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The movie is so pastorally lovely to look at, its characters so likable and its lulling rhythms so soothing that it's easy to forget that it's a lot of pleasant, plotless hooey.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jan Marc Macababayao
Antonia's Line is a quirky and whimsical story of Antonia with themes on love, family, and community that also gently explores topics on feminism and… More
Jim Hunter
A woman recalls her entire adult life on her deathbed. This film is way too expository, relying almost solely on narration to tell the story. It's not… More
John Ballantine
One of the most wonderful generational pictures that I have been witness to. Not just a "womens' film"