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.
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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Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Jean-Pierre Dardenne,Luc Dardenne, 1996, Belgium
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria