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Antonia's Line Reviews

A hamfisted feminist parable from Dutch filmmaker Marleen Gorris, director of 1983's far superior A QUESTION OF SILENCE. On her death bed, octogenarian Ur-mother Antonia (Willeke Van Ammelrooy) recalls her long, exemplary life in tiresome detail. Her family -- the line of the title -- represents a utopian fantasy for wimmin of all ages, a multi-generational matriarchy replete with wholesome rural labor, sturdily handsome daughters and New Age, pseudo-feminist life lessons. Men, needless to say, are used for their seed and otherwise ignored -- something that happens to us far too infrequently these days.