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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. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:February 2, 1995


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marleen Gorris Best Foreign Language Film 1995 Winner


Willeke van Ammelrooy
as Antonia
Els Dottermans
Jan Decleir
as Farmer Bas
Marina De Graaf
as Deedee
Mil Seghers
Jan Steen
as Loony Lips
Petra Laseur
as Mother Theodora
Esther Vriesendorp
as Thérèse, 13 Years
Lineke Rijxman
as Narrator
Hans Kesting
as Blacksmith
Jakob Beks
as Farmer Daan
Hans Man in't Veld
as Professor
Michaël Pas
as Janne
Leo Hogenboom
as Priest
Carolien Spoor
as Thérèse, 6 Years
Johan Heldenbergh
as Tom
Flip Filz
as Chaplain
Elsie De Brauw
as Lara
Jenne Decleir
as Farmer Bas's Other Child
Margo Dames
as Thérèse
Dora van der Groen
as Allegonde
Catherine ten Bruggencate
as Malle Madonna
Adriaan Van Den Hoof
as Farmer Bas's Other Child
Veerle Van Overloop
as Thérèse
Filip Peeters
as Pitte
Wimie Wilhelm
as Letta
Dirk Zeelenberg
as Pier
Victor Löw
as Harry
Thyrza Ravesteijn
as Sarah


Marleen Gorris
Hans De Weers
Marleen Gorris
Willy Stassen
Ilona Sekacz
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Ammerlaan
Production Designer
Judy Counihan
Dirk Bombey
Sound/Sound Designer
Willy Stassen
Camera Operator
Hans Kemna