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Breaking the Waves (1996)

Denmark 158m, Colour
Director: Lars von Trier; Cast: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier

breaking-the-wavesBreaking the Waves is the tragic romantic story of Bess, a mentally unstable and naive young woman with strong fundamentalist religious world views whose deep love for her worldly husband Jan shakes the foundation of her beliefs. After a near fatal accident that leaves Jan permanently incapacitated, Bess blames herself and turns to God for answers. Presented in chapters with a realistic grainy documentary look and feel with fluid handheld photography, Breaking the Waves is an astonishingly sad and powerful story of love, devotion and misguided faith (Klaus Ming June 2013).

2 comments on “Breaking the Waves (1996)

  1. CMrok93

    Watson was amazing here. It’s such a surprise that this was her first role. Nice review Klaus.

    • Klaus

      She was indeed! A very sympathetic performance as a very frustrating character.

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