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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Antonia" or "Antonia et Ses Filles")

 

directed by Marleen Gorris
Netherlands/Belgium/UK/France 1995

 

In the aftermath of WWII, strong-willed Antonia returns to her small hometown where she has inherited her mother's farm. Antonia, joined by her free-spirited artist daughter Danielle, ingratiate themselves with the town's tight-knit and eccentric community. As the years unfold, love and tragedy come to Antonia and Danielle and the pair foster a vibrant circle of strong, liberated women.

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A strong-willed Dutch woman recalls her life in this uplifting picture that won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Antonia (Willeke van Ammelrooy) is an elderly woman who wakes up one morning and realizes that this is the last day of her life. She begins to tell her story in flashback, beginning with her arrival home to the family farm after World War II with her daughter, Danielle (Els Dottermans). For the next fifty years, a variety of colorful characters come and go on the farm. Danielle becomes a painter, and decides she wants a child but no husband, so Antonia arranges the proper donation. Danielle giving birth to Therese (Veerle van Overloop), who laters has her own child, Sarah (Thyrza Ravesteijn), also without virtue of a husband. Antonia and her descendants come to symbolize the freedom of independent females, with little need for men in their lives.

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Theatrical Release: 2 February 1996 (USA)

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Distribution

First Look

Region 1 - NTSC

Film Movement
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:26 1:42:33.147
Video

1.79:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: n/a mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

Disc Size: 31,731,123,344 bytes

Feature Size: 28,534,075,392 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

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Film Movement

 

Audio Dutch Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Dolby Digital Audio Dutch, Middle (ca. 1050-1350)448 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps

Subtitles English (burnt-in) English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: First Look

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.79:1

Edition Details:
  'Antonia's Family Tree' (character biographies)
  Filmographies
  Theatrical Trailer (1:50)
  Previews

DVD Release Date: 2002
Amaray

Chapters 12
 

Release Information:
Studio: Film Movement

Aspect Ratio:- 1.78:1

Disc Size: 31,731,123,344 bytes

Feature Size: 28,534,075,392 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG4 - AVC

 

Edition Details:
• Archival Interview with director Marleen Gorris (8:53)

 Film Movement Trailers
• 16-page Collector's Booklet with film essay by top film writer, Thelma Adams; cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.

 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 19th, 2016
Transparent
Blu-ray Case

Chapters: 13

 

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Film Movement - Region FREE - Blu-ray April 16': Film Movement's 1080P transfer shows more information on the right and bottom edges as compared to the letterboxed DVD from almost 14-years ago. It is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate but does tend to look a shade waxy and soft. It is brighter and shows more detail and the 1.78:1 presentation in-motion looks decent.

Unfortunately, the audio (original Dutch) is lossy Dolby but the film is not filled with effects and the score by Ilona Sekacz is fairly unremarkable. It sounds consistent if lacking depth. There are optional English subtitled on the Region FREE Blu-ray disc.

Extras include an 8-minute excerpt from a 1995 interview with director Marleen Gorris (with English subtitles), some Film Movement trailers and the package has a 16-page collector's booklet with film essay by top film writer, Thelma Adams; cast and crew credits and photographs.

I wasn't really into watching this initially, being aware of the focus, but I can't deny that this is an exceptional film - and it grew on me the deeper I got into the story. It offered wonderful performances and it was a pleasure to see it in a superior presentation than the letterboxed DVD. I'm a little ambivalent about the HD appearance but, it is possible that this may be the best we get and the film deserves its audience. To those keen to explore - we recommend. I found it significantly more impacting than I was pre-judging it.

 - Gary Tooze

 


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