In the aftermath of World War II, strong-willed Antonia and her daughter return to their small hometown and foster a vibrant circle of strong, liberated women where feminism and liberalism thrive.
In the early scenes of Antonia’s Line, there is a moment where a graffiti-covered building briefly appears behind Antonia as she returns to her hometown with her 16-year-old daughter Danielle after the end of World War II. And one of the graffiti says, “We welcome our liberators.” Though there is likely a reference to the wartime situation, it becomes clear after watching the film that connecting Antonia’s appearance with the concept of liberation is straightforward. Antonia is a strong and resilient woman who walks confidently into a conservative Christian village, tills the land, sows seeds, and creates a supportive and caring community. Various individuals who do not belong to mainstream society find joy and happiness around Antonia’s dining table, where they can redefine the meaning of “family.” If Antonia’s Line, truly represents liberation, it does so by actively exploring the possibility of enjoying elements previously confined and controlled under patriarchal family structures, such as nurturing and sexuality. Women who do not need husbands and daughters without fathers love more passionately, raise children, and discover their abilities. The film adds humor through fantastical scenes while embracing the coldness of reality and the emptiness of life. In this way, death also becomes a part of life and fills Antonia's world. [Programmer SON Sinae]
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Marleen Gorris shot into the international spotlight with her debut feature, which is the seminal award winning A Question of Silence (1982). Antonia's Line is Marleen's fourth feature.
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