Willeke van Ammelrooy,
Els Dottermans, Dir. Marleen Gorris)
Through telling the stories of four generations of Dutch women, Antonia's Line
aims to capture a family, a community, that is based on feminist ideals. Unfortunately, these characters come off as so self-satisfied that I found them insufferable at times. Real, interesting, conflict is missing from this film, because the characters, by and large, get the life they desire with little trouble, and they never have self-doubt or regret or anything that the film will recognize as true flaws. There are (unsurprising) antagonists - a religious hypocrite and a sexual violent man - but these are rather easily sent on the run. I don't necessarily mind the triumph of the women over their antagonists, but again, where's the real conflict?