Woman Like Eve, A (1979): Dutch Lesbian Drama (LGBTQ, Lesbian)

Directed by Nouchka van Brakel, A Woman Like Eve is a Dutch drama about a woman who leaves her husband for another woman, and the child custody battle that ensues.

Monique van de Ven stars as Eve, with Peter Faber as her husband Ad and Maria Schneider as Liliane, Eve’s lover.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015).

The film had festival showings at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (1980); San Francisco Gay Film Festival (1981), and Gay & Lesbian Media Coalition’s “Out on the Screen” Festival (1992).

A Woman Like Eve was the Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, but it was not among the five nominees.

Monique van de Ven as Eve
Maria Schneider as Liliane
Marijke Merckens as Sonja
Peter Faber as Ad
Renée Soutendijk as Sigrid
Anna Knaup as Britta
Mike Bendig as Sander
Truus Dekker as Mom
Helen van Meurs as Lawyer

Directed by Nouchka van Brakel
Produced by Matthijs van Heijningen
Written by Judith Herzberg, Nouchka van Brakel
Music by Laurens van Rooyen
Cinematography Nurit Aviv
Edited by Ine Schenkkan

Production company: Sigma Film Productions
Release date: January 25, 1979
Running time: 113 minutes