Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. Emily Watson stuns, in an Oscar-nominated performance, as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives herself up to a shocking form of martyrdom after her husband (Stellan Skarsgård) is paralyzed in an oil-rig accident. Breaking the Waves, both brazen and tender, profane and pure, is an examination of the expansiveness of faith and of its limits.
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Ratings and Reviews
- Average 8.2/10
- Fresh 49
- Rotten 9
Critics Consensus: Breaking the Waves offers a remarkable testament to writer-director Lars von Trier's insight and filmmaking skill -- and announces Emily Watson as a startling talent.
Gloomy '90s drama has cursing, nudity, mature themes.
Cast & Crew
- The Criterion Collection
- © 1996 October Films. All rights reserved.
- English (Germany) (Stereo, Dolby 5.1)
- English (United States) (Subtitles)