• WBAI Arts Express interview – Prairie Miller with Cordula Kablitz-Post, director - aired March 22, 2018

  • “An involving portrait of a feminist trailblazer.” -John DeFore,

  • “first-class entertainment and substance unlike Hollywood biopics about industrialists or self-destructive musicians” –Louis Proyect,

  • “An extraordinary film” –

  • “A dramatic story of a woman who when pushed by the confines of an unfair system pushes back, and bites.” -Kriss Perras, Malibu Arts Journal

  • “Engaging portrait of a charismatic and brilliant figure.” – Abbey Bender, Village Voice

  • “Women are once again striving to find their power, while pushing back against a renewed shift toward patriarchal values and legislated limits on reproductive rights. The new film, “Lou Andreas-Salomé, The Audacity to be Free,” could not be better timed.” –Marcia G. Yerman, Daily Kos

  • Lou Andreas-Salomé — a novelist, essayist, and psychoanalyst who won the hearts of Freud, Nietzsche, and Rilke — led an almost infinitely varied life. –Angelica Frey,

  • “If [these men] were the ones history books wanted to highlight as geniuses, they would relegate Lou to "muse." But as [the film explains], nothing is further from the truth.” -Jared Mobarak,

  • “A thoroughly absorbing look at key points in the life of the first female psychoanalyst.” –Harvey S. Karten,

  • "Supremely intelligent biopic about the iconic feminist who held Nietzsche at arm's length but finally took to Rilke, 15 years her junior." - Louis Proyect, Counterpunch

  • "The biopic's worth lies in the rediscovery of such a bright thinker - who also happened to be a woman - and in the dissemination of her story. It will intrigue anyone interested in philosophy, history and well, strong-minded women." - Sara Fruner, La Voce di New York

  • "It was a vibrant film that introduced the story of a groundbreaking woman, determined to seek a fulfilling and independent existence..." - Marcia Yerman,


  • "With intelligence and sensitivity, [the film traces] the extraordinary life of a brave woman who defied her time and insisted on her freedom." - Thierry Gandillot, Les Echos, France (May 31, 2017)

  • "It matches the elegance and subtlety of the refined milieu of this descendant of French Huguenots, a German born in Saint Petersburg. The natural world is filmed brilliantly, too, and with something of the sporting vigor—the dazzling vitality—of the film’s heroine. The great men of her life are interpreted without undue emphasis or excessive quotations, and this sense of allusion is welcome. How could we not spend time passionately in such company?" - Marie-Noelle Tranchant, Le Figaro, Paris (May 30, 2017)

  • "The writer’s life as a process of self-empowerment ... Kablitz-Post does not relate it simply as a heroic feminist story; she preserves the complexity that distinguishes Andreas-Salomé's own psychoanalytic writings, doing justice to her heroine in that sense as well." - Benjamin Moldenhauer, Der Standard, Austria (September 8, 2016)

  • "Kablitz-Post’s feature film debut is marvelous at unraveling the tangle of relationships surrounding this rebellious figure." - Katja Iken, Der Spiegel Online, Germany (June 29, 2016)

  • "True to its source and yet—thanks largely to Katharina Lorenz's 'Lou'-incredibly fresh." -Anne-Catherine Simon, Die Presse, Austria (September 8, 2016)

  • "Kablitz-Post succeeds in developing a vivid portrait of this powerful woman who captivates by her steadfastness, her quest for independence and her self-knowledge, which includes recognizing that she’s a narcissist." - Sonja Hartl, Kino-Zeit, Germany (no date)

  • "Katharina Lorenz’s wandering through scenes from historical postcards—the idea of set designer Nikola Ritter—creates the perfect image. Lou Andreas-Salomé, a woman more alive than her time." - Christina Tilmann, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Switzerland (July 9, 2016)

  • "An impressive film about a strong woman ... especially worthwhile." - The German Film and Media Rating Authority (FBW), 2016

  • Excerpts translated by Frank Beck - March 26, 2018

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