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still from Van de koele meren des doods (Hedwig: The Quiet Lakes) (Nouchka van Brakel, NL 1982)

Van de koele meren des doods

Nouchka van Brakel / NL, 1982 / 120 min.

Film adaptation of Frederik van Eeden’s naturalistic novel about the highs and lows of a well-to-do woman for whom life isn’t kind. Nouchka van Brakel paints a keenly-observed psychological portrait of a woman who literally goes mad due to the lack of freedom in a male-dominated world. Digital restoration.

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The emphasis in Director Nouchka van Brakel’s film adaptation of Van Eeden’s famous novel is on the position of women in the patriarchy. Hedwig Marga de Fontayne (Renée Soutendijk) is beautiful, intelligent and well off. Her lust for life focuses on men in her environment, yet neither marriage nor affairs bring her happiness, a morphine addiction sees her end up as a prostitute in on the streets of Paris and, ultimately, an asylum.

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This movie contains scenes with alcohol and/or drug usePersons under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult

Director

Nouchka van Brakel

Production year

1982

Country

NL

Original title

Van de koele meren des doods

Length

120 min.

Language

Dutch

Subtitles

NONE

Format

DCP

Part of

Nouchka van Brakel

Nouchka van Brakel debuted with the short film Sabotage 55 years ago and went on to become the first female Dutch filmmaker to reach major audiences with films that centred on women – think of her works such as Het debuut (1977), Een vrouw als Eva (1979) and Van de koele meren des doods (1982), first released 40 years ago.

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Nouchka van Brakel on the set of Van de koele meren des doods (Hedwig: The Quiet Lakes) (NL 1982)
still from Van de koele meren des doods (Hedwig: The Quiet Lakes) (Nouchka van Brakel, NL 1982)
still from Van de koele meren des doods (Hedwig: The Quiet Lakes) (Nouchka van Brakel, NL 1982)
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