Antonia's Line

Antonia's Line

Director: Marleen Gorris, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir

Cast: Marleen Gorris, Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir

     
 

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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

Overview

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 the proper donation. Danielle giving birth to Therese (Veerle van Overloop), who laters has her own child, Sarah (Thyrza Ravesteijn), also without virtue of a husband. Antonia and her descendants come to symbolize the freedom of independent females, with little need for men in their lives.

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All Movie Guide
A lively, robust look at 50 years in the life of a remarkable Dutch woman, Antonia's Line is equal parts laid-back comedy and perceptive social commentary. The film is built on character development, thanks to the strengths of director Marleen Gorris and her actors, particularly Willeke van Ammelrooy as Antonia. van Ammelrooy is quite convincing as she ages from 30 to 85, and even more convincing is Gorris' complete belief in the values espoused by the film's characters, and her refusal to question the decisions made by Antonia and her descendents. Theirs is an open-minded, independent existence, free of the need for male protectors or male approval. Although many viewers praised the film's feminist slant, others labelled it one-dimensional male-bashing. Antonia's Line does at times come across as a little too self-satisfied, as if Gorris were hesitant to allow her philosophy to suffer the weight of even mild criticism. Even so, the film remains a delightful paean to independent women, and to the power of carving one's own path instead of merely following someone else's.
New York Times
Antonia's Line, which won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival, concludes gracefully. It ends on such a note of peace and well-being that even death, in this context, is appreciated as a miracle. Janet Maslin

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2016
UPC:
0857692005802
Original Release:
1995
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
14,479

Special Features

cc Archival interview with director Marleen Gorris* * Excerpt from VPRO Laat: Stardust 1995 VPRO/The Netherlands. Courtesy: VPRO/Stardust

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Willeke van Ammelrooy Antonia
Els Dottermans Actor
Jan Decleir Farmer Bas
Marina De Graaf Deedee
Mil Seghers Actor
Jan Steen Loony Lips
Reinout Bussemaker Simon
Hans Kesting Blacksmith
Victor Löw Harry
Hans Man in't Veld Professor
Michaël Pas Janne
Lineke Rijxman Narrator
Dora van der Groen Allegonde
Jakob Beks Farmer Daan
Pieter Callens Farmer Bas's Other Child
Igor Corbeau Simon, 13 Years
Daniel Dailly Farmer Bas's Other Child
Margo Dames Thérèse
Elsie De Brauw Lara
Erik de Bruyn Arend
Sarah De Ceuleer Letta's Other Child
Christophe De Laere Letta's Other Child
Jenne Decleir Farmer Bas's Other Child
Ilse Dense Letta's Other Child
Ellen Dikker Muisje
Flip Filz Chaplain
Johan Heldenbergh Tom
Leo Hogenboom Priest
Christophe Horemans Farmer Bas's Other Child
Jeroen Huysmans Letta's Other Child
Paul R. Kooij Protestant
Petra Laseur Mother Theodora
Barbara Maes Letta's Other Child
Tamara Maes Letta's Other Child
Gabriella Martinson Letta's Other Child
Cederic Missine Muisje's Child
Kristel Olejniejoh Letta's Other Child
Filip Peeters Pitte
Charlène Pottevin Deedee's Child
Eddy Praet Farmer Bas's Other Child
Stijn Rabaey Muisje's Child
Thyrza Ravesteijn Sarah
Gilles Robertino Letta's Other Child
Antoon Schotsaert Farmer Bas's Other Child
Manon Sodderland Picture of Maria
Carolien Spoor Thérèse, 6 Years
Truus Te Selle Ma Gé
Catherine ten Bruggencate Malle Madonna
Jesse Tomballe Letta's Other Child
Menno Tomballe Letta's Other Child
Carlo Van Dam Simon, 6 Years
Adriaan Van Den Hoof Farmer Bas's Other Child
Michel Van Dousselaere Blacksmith
Gilles Van Durme Letta's Other Child
Daisy Van Laer Letta's Other Child
Dorien Van Laer Letta's Other Child
Veerle Van Overloop Thérèse
Tine Vanhoucke Muisje's Child
Aurelie Verstraeten Letta's Other Child
Jascha Vervoort Farmer Bas's Other Child
Esther Vriesendorp Thérèse, 13 Years
Wimie Wilhelm Letta
Nicky Wolfs Letta's Other Child
Dirk Zeelenberg Pier
Fran Waller Zeper Olga
Gosewijn Zwanikken Picture of Jesus

Technical Credits
Marleen Gorris Director,Screenwriter
Harry Ammerlaan Production Designer
Dirk Bombey Sound/Sound Designer
Judy Counihan Co-producer
Hans De Weers Producer
Hans Kemna Casting
Ilona Sekacz Score Composer
Willy Stassen Camera Operator,Cinematographer
Deborah Taylor Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Antonia's Line
1. Chapter 1 [9:12]
2. Chapter 2 [8:38]
3. Chapter 3 [8:29]
4. Chapter 4 [9:44]
5. Chapter 5 [10:27]
6. Chapter 6 [6:50]
7. Chapter 7 [9:25]
8. Chapter 8 [9:01]
9. Chapter 9 [7:47]
10. Chapter 10 [10:40]
11. Chapter 11 [8:28]
12. Chapter 12 [3:40]
13. Chapter 13 [:02]

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