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Van de koele meren des doods

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Nouchka van Brakel / NL, 1982 / 120 min.

Nouchka van Brakel’s classic film adaptation of Frederik van Eeden’s novel about the trials and tribulations of a well-heeled woman who suffers at the hands of fate. Recent award-winner Renée Soutendijk plays the lead. 4K restoration.

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In her film version of Van Eeden’s famous novel, director Nouchka van Brakel emphasises the position of women in the patriarchy. Hedwig Marga de Fontayne (Renée Soutendijk) is beautiful, intelligent and wealthy; her lust for life brings her into contact with many men in her circles, but neither marriage nor affairs bring her happiness; thanks to a morphine addiction she ends up a prostitute in the gutter in Paris and, finally, in an institution.

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Scenes from this movie may cause fearThis movie contains foul languagePersons under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult


Nouchka van Brakel

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Original title

Van de koele meren des doods


120 min.


Dutch, English, French





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