I rented a VHS tape of this movie about 15 years ago. The story took place in post WWII Europe and featured a women returning to her home town with her young daughter. The film progressed through time as the daughter grew into an independent and strong woman like her mother. The daughter, a lesbian, wanted her own child so a planned insemination/tryst with a handsome acquaintance was arranged and she became a mother of her own daughter. This child grew into a beautiful girl who was raped by the town's bully, who was in turn dealt a rightful justice. Throughout, the matriarch guided her life and those she loved according to her own strong values and independence.
I sure would like to see this movie again as it was beautifully written, acted, and filmed. Any ideas what it was called?