The Cool Lakes of Death

Van de koele meren des doods

125 mins
8 / 10 (83)


Hedwig, a young wealthy woman growing up in the straight-jacket of bourgeois morality in the Victorian era, falls victim to a loveless marriage. The loss of her lover and the death of her child lead to mental illness, morphine addiction and prostitution on the streets of Paris during the 1880s.

MUBI's take

Charting a 19th-century woman’s descent into madness, The Cool Lakes of Death is Nouchka van Brakel’s masterwork. Ravishingly textured, and with a cyclonic performance from Renée Soutendijk, this shattering psychological portrait is an expansive tale of sexual awakening and patriarchal oppression.

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