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Breaking the Waves (1996)

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Starring (View all)
Emily Watson Emily Watson
Bess McNeill
Stellan Skarsgård Stellan Skarsgård
Jan Nyman
Katrin Cartlidge Katrin Cartlidge
Dodo McNeill
Adrian Rawlins Adrian Rawlins
Dr. Richardson
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe
Mother
Udo Kier Udo Kier
Sadistic Sailor


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Peter Asmussen Peter Asmussen
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5 years, 5 months ago at Dec 18 18:05
Breaking the Waves is a 1996 film directed by Lars von Trier and starring Emily Watson. Set in the Scottish Highlands in the early 1970s, it tells the story of an unusual young woman, Bess McNeill, and of the love she has for Jan, her husband. The film is an international co-production led by Lars von Trier's Danish company Zentropa.

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An average movie

3 years, 10 months ago at Jul 4 14:32
Lars von Trier is one of those directors which one I find interesting without really enjoying their work. This movie is a perfect example. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure it was the first movie directed by von Trier which I have seen but, to be honest, I didn’t like it much. Indeed, when it was released, it was universally heralded so I had some pretty huge expectations but I thought it w... read more
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Description: Drama set in a repressed, deeply religious community in the north of Scotland, where a naive young woman named Bess McNeil (Emily Watson) meets and falls in love with Danish oil-rig worker Jan (Stellan Skarsgaard). Bess and Jan are deeply in love but, when Jan returns to his rig, Bess prays to God that he returns for good. Jan does return, his neck broken in an accident aboard the rig. Because of his condition, Jan and Bess are now unable to enjoy a sexual relationship and Jan urges Bess to take another lover and tell him the details. As Bess becomes more and more deviant in her sexual behaviour, the more she comes to believe th ... (more)
Release date: 13 November 1996
UPC: 707729100454
Tags: Drama (12), Religion (11), 1990s (9), Oil Rig (8), Disability (7), Denmark (7), 1996 (7), Romance (7), Nurse (6), Accident (5), Sacrifice (5), Sex (4), Love (4), Funeral (4), Sexuality (4), Iceland (3), Scotland (3), Wedding (3), Spain (3), Sweden (3)
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