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Nouchka van Brakel

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    A WOMAN LIKE EVE

    Nouchka van Brakel Netherlands, 1979

    A huge hit in its native Netherlands, Nouchka van Brakel’s second feature is her most explicitly feminist work. Starring the brilliant Monique van de Ven (Turkish Delight) as a woman who leaves her family for her female lover, A Woman Like Eve is a deeply compassionate tale of personal emancipation.

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    THE DEBUT

    Nouchka van Brakel Netherlands, 1977

    A bold and provocative tale of taboo romance, this feminist recalibration of Lolita was the first Dutch feature film to be directed by a woman. Granting remarkable agency to its 14-year-old protagonist, Nouchka van Brakel’s The Debut is a profoundly empathetic examination of unethical desire.

    THE COOL LAKES OF DEATH

    Nouchka van Brakel Netherlands, 1982

    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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