Antonia’s Line is a family-tree on film, one that begins with a fantastical introduction and maintains that quality like a fairy tale providing a surprise around every corner. It’s a deliberately charming and nostalgic story that give us permission to imagine things slightly eschew (every character seems to have their own brand of reality). It’s not the real world, but, like a good fairy tale, it allows the audience to reflect on a variety of human conditions and experiences that everyone in some way can relate to.
It is a rich and rewarding film, a beautifully well-told story. It might be hard to find at the video store, but it’s worth looking out for.