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A film which presents an utopian way of life for women, Antonia’s Line is an entertaining story of four generations of women who follow in the footsteps of the independent-minded family matriarch, Antonia. A small village in the Netherlands after the end of the World War II. Antonia, who had left her hometown 20 years earlier, returns with her daughter to be spend time with her mother who is on her deathbed. Afterwards, Antonia settles down in the village, running her mother’s farm and creating a new existence with her daughter, Danielle. Thus begins the portrait of four generations of women over 40 years.
In this film, Marleen Gorris depicts the feminist community that she had envisioned. Antonia’s household is rebuked and regarded negatively as the minority who doesn’t follow the norm. Antonia’s line are heathens who refuse convention and embrace everyone equally. The front yard is not just where all the members of the community sit down to have breakfast, but every Sunday morning transforms into a place for celebration, a magic space that becomes the source of an alternative life. Life, the film suggests, is the only dance we can dance, and so we should dance to our own rhythms. (Lim Sung-min)
Marleen GORRISMarleen GORRIS
The director and screenplay writer, Marleen Gorris was born in the Netherlands and studied English at the University of Groningen and Drama at the University of Amsterdam. In 1976 she obtained an M.A. in Drama at the University of Birmingham, England. Antonia’s Line in 1995 won Gorris greater exposure and her film won the Oscar as Best Foreign Film. Her films include The Last Island (1990), Tales from the Street (TV Series)(1993), Mrs. Dalloway (1997), Carolina (2002) and Heaven and Earth (2008) in production.