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Antonia's Line

Rating:R (for strong sexual content, and for some violence, including a rape scene.)
Genre:Comedy, Drama
Release Date:February 2, 1996
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans, Jan Decleir, Veerle van Overloop, Esther Vriesendorp
Director:Marleen Gorris
Writer:Marleen Gorris

Description: 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.~ Don Kaye, All Movie Guide

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