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Nouchka van Brakel Trilogy: The Debut / A Woman like Eve / The Cool Lakes of Death
Director: Nouchka van Brakel
Cast: Marina de Graaf, Monique van de Ven, Maria Schneider, Renee Soutendijk, Derek de Lint
Studio: Cult Epics Genre: Foreign
Pre-Order Date: 05-11-2021 Release Date: 06-08-2021
Production Year: 1977 SRP: $59.95
Catalog #: CE183 UPC: 881190018392
Format: DVD Number of Discs: 3
Language: Dutch Subtitles: English
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.66:1 Audio Format: PCM Mono
Plot Summary:

Cult Epics presents the Nouchka van Brakel Trilogy; three subversive and controversial films dealing with strong female characters and their sexual identity in society.

The Debut (Het Debuut) tells the delicate story of the impossible love between a teenage schoolgirl (played by Marina de Graaf) and a middle-aged married man (Gerard Cox). Arthouse LGBT favorite A Woman like Eve (Een Vrouw als Eva) is a drama about a wife (Moniek van de Ven) who leaves her husband (Peter Faber) for another woman (Maria Schneider), with the consequences of losing her children. The Cool Lakes of Death (Van de Koelen Meren des Doods) – one of the masterpieces of Dutch cinema – is a melodrama that tells the tragic story of a wealthy woman (Rene Soutendijk) whose sexual desires lead to a life of mental illness, drug addiction, and prostitution on the streets of Paris during the 1880s. Both A Woman as Eve and The Cool Lakes of Death were the Dutch entries for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ at the Academy Awards.

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Special Features:

- New HD Transfers and Restoration Original LPCM 2.0 Mono track
- New DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono track
- Interview with Nouchka van Brakel (2020)
- HD Vintage Polygoon Journal Newsreels
- HD Original Theatrical Trailers Poster & Photo galleries
- First pressing of Blu-ray includes 16-Page illustrated Nouchka van Brakel Trilogy booklet with liner notes by Nouchka van Brakel and Theo van de Sande

Reviews:

“The introduction of the characters is so good, the narrative method in film images so adequate, the choice of characteristic human details so striking that the spectator is completely captivated by THE DEBUT.” - Haagse Courant

“Excelling in a more inward, sober role than usual, van Monique van de Ven plays an Amsterdam housewife whose horizons have never been expanded beyond her home and family until she meets commune hippie Maria Schneider on a brief vacation in the South of France.” - Variety

This new film gives Renee Soutendijk the status she deserves, namely that of the Netherlands' most important film star. She gave shape to Hedwig's complicated character with a rare amount of talent. The change from a frail young lady to a completely run-down morphine whore has been cleverly designed by Renee Soutendijk. The further (19th century) decoration of the film and clever construction of the story make The Cool Lakes of Death a wonderful film. So rightly applause for Nouchka van Brakel. -Het Vrije Volk

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