Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves

Blu-ray Disc - 2014
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A young woman from a strict religious community in Scotland marries an earthy outsider who works on an oil rig. When paralyzed in an accident, he asks her to make love to other men and to tell him about it to aid in his recovery. Unwilling at first, she complies with his request because of her true love for him. However, the consequences prove tragic.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
ISBN: 9781604658330
Branch Call Number: MOVIE BRE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio,rda
video file,Blu-Ray,region A,rda

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VIFF Opening Gala Film for 1996. Denmark/France. Naive Bess meets oil-rigger Jan and they fall in love. When Jan becomes paralyzed through an accident, he worries that Bess will cut herself off from the world in caring for him. So he asks her to find a lover and relate her sexual encounters back ... Read More »


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JankaManka
Oct 28, 2017

I saw this movie a long time ago. It made a great impression on me... A disturbed woman, who loves his husband dearly, is ready and willing to destroy herself in order to save him. There is no happy ending, but the film is moving and going in a viewer's soul. It shows how one could be buried under their pains so deeply that they stop paying attention to the sorrows of their partner - and it does not matter how much the couple love each other.

Franln Aug 24, 2016

Pretty tragic story but a really really good movie. Emily Watson is such an amazing actress and this was her first film role which is just excellently done. She is great in all her movies.

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ms_mustard
Feb 01, 2015

Emily Watson is amazing in this, her first screen role.

yes, long. yes, some scenes not easy to watch. but well worth the investment of time and understanding.

I liked both this and Melancholia, the only 2 vT films I have watched.

von Trier's only dogme film is The Idiots. this is von Trier but not dogme.

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hammer59
Dec 27, 2014

Love Lars von Trier films but couldn't watch this one.

Yuk.

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 12, 2012

The film by director Lars von Trier may be a good drama but the use of the 'Dogma' style o filming, i.e. fast panning cameras, and grainy images took much of the enjoyment away.

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jimg2000
Sep 30, 2011

Ground breaking love story between a "feeble minded" older maiden (Emily Watson Oscar-nominated) and her roughneck new husband. Rave reviews that I concur:

http://www.google.com/search?q=breaking+the+waves&rls=com.microsoft:en-us

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re_discover
Sep 28, 2011

This movie tries to address too many controversial issues: faith vs. love, spirituality vs. mental health, and insiders vs. outsiders, to name a few. Emily Watson does an incredible job as Bess; however, the lack of plot eventually overwhelms everything.

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artsyred
Mar 15, 2010

loved this film when i saw it at the film festival many years ago - and I still do

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re_discover
Sep 28, 2011

Sexual Content: Nudity.

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Michael
Sep 25, 2008

Sexual Content: strong graphic sexuality, nudity,

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Michael
Sep 25, 2008

Violence: some

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Michael
Sep 25, 2008

Coarse Language: strong sexual language

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kfpdwolfe
Jul 08, 2017

kfpdwolfe thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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re_discover
Sep 28, 2011

re_discover thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Michael
Sep 25, 2008

Michael thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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