Breaking the Waves

1996

Action / Drama / Romance

115
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 92%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 54135

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Stellan Skarsgård as Jan Nyman
Emily Watson as Bess McNeill
Udo Kier as Sadistic Sailor
Jean-Marc Barr as Terry
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2hr 39 min
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2hr 39 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Sameir Ali 9 / 10

Lars...!!

Lars Von Trier is a director who breaks all the conventional rules of the film making, to make strange yet amazing films. His films are always emotionally captivating.

Breaking the Waves tells the story of Jan and Bess. Bess is grown up in a highly religious place. She preserved her body with all the purity for her husband. Jan is working in an oil- rig. After the marriage, Jan has to return to the work. In deep love, Bess prays to God to bring him home. The prayer came true. He came home, but due to an accident.

As always in Lar's films, the film explores the maximum talent of the actress and resulted in the nomination of Emily Watson for the Best Actress at the Oscars. She also got nominated in many other Awards, including Golden Globe.

A definitely must watch film. You are going to love it, if you are a real crazy film lover.

Reviewed by valadas 6 / 10

Too strange to be good

Love above all. That seems to be the theme, the leit-motiv of this movie. However although this theme could deliver the necessary ingredients to make a good movie, it becomes too strange to be good. A young naive girl falls in love with a man a bit older than her but who corresponds deeply to her love. Their mutual love is physically and spiritually overwhelming. All this takes place in a remote place of northern Scotland where a puritanical and fundamentalist religious community dominates and morally rules. The husband works at sea in an oil rig and suffers a serious accident there which breaks his neck making him totally disabled. This fact unchains a series of actions and reactions also in psychological and affective terms, some of them very odd, uncommon and perverted, namely in the sexual field that reveal that they both have neurotic personalities which makes those events a bit difficult to be accepted in terms of reality or to have an aesthetic value in terms of cinema or literature. This movie is of some value only for its good direction and excellent performance of all actors and actresses.

Reviewed by grantss 6 / 10

Some interesting themes, but very slow-moving and not entirely engaging

Bess McNeill is a young woman living in a conservative coastal village in Scotland. Against the wishes of her church she marries Jan, a Scandinavian worker on an oil rig. She is insanely in love with Jan and can't bear it when he leaves to do his shift on the oil rig. Then Jan is injured at work and everything changes.

A Lars von Trier movie that covers some interesting themes – obsessive relationships, euthanasia, manipulation, dogma and the lengths people go to for love. Some of these are only touched on though, with no real development or conclusion.

Moreover, the story is told in a very drawn-out fashion. The movie could easily have been less than two hours long but von Trier stretches it out to over 2 ½ hours through extending scenes well beyond their usefulness and including scenes that add nothing to the movie.

Not entirely engaging either, so the 2 ½ hours moves quite slowly. Bess is not a very likable character – irascible, controlling, intense and a tad insane.

Ending is quite emotional though and provides good closure to the story. Another plus is the great soundtrack.

Overall, reasonably interesting but is a test of patience.

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