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'Antonia & Jane'

August 14, 1994|Peter Rainer

Beeban Kidron's 1991 movie is a pleasingly small-scale tale about two long-term friends played by Saskia Reeves (center, with Bill Nighy) and Imelda Staunton (right). They are polar opposites who admire and envy each other's spirit. At its best, this film manages to be both sedate and quirky. The joke in the material is that both women, who meet once a year for lunch, are patients of the same psychiatrist, so we get to see and hear about their connecting lives from opposing viewpoints (Cinemax Tuesday at 4:40 a.m.).

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