In this Academy Award-winning feminist fable, Antonia, an octogenarian on her deathbed looks back on her life.
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We first meet the feisty young Antonia just after World War I. After many years in the city, she has returned to her dusty home town to bury her mother. She decides to stay and take up farming. The villagers are curious about the fact that Antonia has a daughter but no husband. Antonia is an attractive woman, and some men make overtures to her. However, Antonia makes it clear that there is no room in her life for romance; instead, she dedicates herself to nurturing Danielle and eventually helps raise her granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Antonia also brings outsiders into her sphere, including the village idiot, a rape victim, and the local priest after he's left the church. She is also a courageous woman who singlehandedly vanquishes the town bully.
By the end of the film, thanks to her brave and generous spirit, Antonia is able to die peacefully, surrounded by loved ones.
The review of this Movie prepared by Elana Starr