Directed by Nouchka van Brakel. With Renée Soutendijk, Erik van ‘t Wout, Adriaan Olree, Derek de Lint. Tragic story of a wealthy woman whose sexual desires. Jaargang 16, [tijdschrift] Onze Eeuw, ‘Over v. Eeden’s werk: ‘Van de koele meren des Doods.’ Door S. Wiardi Beckman – Kuenen.’ In: Onze Eeuw. Among his voluminous epic work it is specifically Van de koelen meren des doods (‘The Deeps of Deliverance’) on which his reputation rests. He himself.

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Van de koele meren des doods is a Dutch film, directed by Nouchka van Brakel and based on the same-named novel by Frederik van Eeden. The film is known internationally as Hedwig: The film was selected as the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 55th Academy Awardsbut was not accepted as a nominee.

The film begins in Hedwig is a girl from an upper-middle-class family. Since the death of her mother she is mainly interested in reading English books. During a visit to a cemetery she meets Johan, a young man whom she falls dws immediately. She has sexual fantasies about him and is unable to hide this from her strictly religious family.

Her governess tells her that she is sinning and she won’t be able to get children anymore. Humiliated, she tries to commit suicide but fails. Three years later Hedwig is a lady and meets Johan, now a poor aspiring artist.

He wants to marry her but she thinks that she will make him unhappy, and instead marries a notary called Gerard. Their marriage is without passion: Her resulting unhappiness soon manifests itself as sickness, and on the advice of her doctor the couple decide to have sex. It turns out to be a traumatic experience.


She admits to her friend Leonora that she finds life too boring and predictable. One day she gets a letter from Johan, who accuses her of being a prostitute. After a confrontation he shoots himself. Hedwig also tries to shoot herself but is stopped by Gerard. Soon after she meets Ritsaart, a romantic pianist with whom she begins an affair. When he wants her to go to bed with him she sends him away but at night she can’t control her sexual fantasies. During a passionate night with Ritsaart, Hedwig enjoys sex for the first time and intends to leave Gerard.

He, filled with jealousy, plans to kill Ritsaart when he comes visiting, but their confrontation is interrupted when they note water running down the walls of the house: Gerard sees how Ritsaart turns out to be Hedwig’s saving angel and lets his wife go.

She moves with Ritsaart to Cobham, Kentand impresses English society, and gives birth to a daughter, but the child dies after a few days. Hedwig doesn’t know how to separate reality and fantasy and impulsively goes to Calaiswhere she is fooled into going with a man whom she thinks is her husband but turns out to be a thief.

On the train to Parishe steals her bag, which she thinks contains her daughter. She ends up in an isolation cell of a psychiatric institution.

After she is released she becomes addicted to morphine and prostitutes herself. Hedwig mrren from hunger on the street and is taken to a hospital. She gets help from the French convent sister Paula, who helps her overcome her addiction.

When she is healthy again she returns to the Netherlands.

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She decides to visit Joop and runs into Ritsaart, telling him that she will always love him but doesn’t want to see him again. She spends her last years with a farmer’s family. The film was produced by Matthijs van Heijningenwith whom van Brakel had worked previously, most notably on Zwaarmoedige verhalen voor bij de centrale verwarming The former was concerned with artistic integrity, the latter with money; Van Heijningen publicly criticized the director and her staff he called them lazy amateurs in a leading Dutch movie magazineleading to a work stoppage.


Van Heijningen apologized, again publicly, and work was resumed; afterward, he took out a full-page ad and congratulated the crew—they did likewise. Several scenes in the film were shot at the Hof van Moerkerken in Mijnsheerenland where Frederik van Eeden lived in the 19th century.

Dutch actor Hans van Tongeren was initially cast as Johan, the character who commits suicide—but he committed suicide just before the filming started.

The film is praised as a “handsome period melodrama”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Van de koele meren des doods DVD cover.

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This page was last edited on 13 Octoberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Matthijs van Heijningen [1]. Ton Vorstenbosch Nouchka van Brakel. Erik van der Wurff Erik van ‘t Wout. Theo van de Sande [2].