Fairy tale for feminists sparkles in 'Antonia's Line'

Movie review

July 26, 1996|By Stephen Hunter

For those who haven't seen it, last year's Academy Award-winning foreign film, "Antonia's Line," has moved into the Charles after a run at another theater. (Why wasn't it reviewed then? Well, they didn't show it to me then. They did show it to me now.)

The movie is a radiant feminist fairy tale, about a matriarch who moves to a small village and essentially establishes an alternate universe: a matriarchy in which women have the power and abide men only for their contributions of semen and heavy lifting, and breed successive generations of genius and brilliance.

It may be ideologically thin, but then it's a fable, not a documentary. The movie has the feel and flow of magic realism, and brilliant performances by Willeke van Ammelooy as the Earth Mother Antonia and Els Dottermans as her lesbian daughter are extremely vivid. Miss it at your own risk.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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