ANTONIA'S LINE (Marleen Gorris, 1995)
Dutch with English subtitles
Willeke van Ammelrooy, Els Dottermans
Welcome to the revolution.
Antonia’s Line is the mature realisation of the utopian dreams of the flower-power generation, filtered through feminist and socialist aspirations.
The protagonist is a middle-aged woman returning home, to a tiny, sleepy, backward village in the middle of nowhere. As the film progresses, her family grows, organically and gracefully, to include children, friends, a handful of decent neighbours, and a part-time lover.
Antonia invents a new social formation, a non-traditional family that embraces genetics and chance, queer and straight, lost and found, bright and dim, book-fans and muck-fans, locals and strangers. They are bound by mutual support, and by respect to each individual’s needs, whatever they may be.
Antonia’s Line is a living workshop on how to create a wonderfully queer, functional family. So now ─go and grow your own.
Dublin Film Qlub 2015
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