Breaking the Waves Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for Breaking the Waves the Movie

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Sacrifical journey of shy, religious Bess (Watson), who's living in an austere northern Scotland coastal village in the '70s. Bess, who regularly talks to God, marries Jan (Skarsgard), an adventurer working on a North Sea oil rig. It must be a case of opposites attracting but the couple are happy until Jan is paralyzed from the neck down in a rig accident. Bess, who blames herself, begins sleeping around, believing her actions can somehow help Jan, and slides ever deeper into mental instability. Powerful story is divided into seven chapters and an epilogue.


Evergreen Entertainment, 6100 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1400, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: (213)634-3000, Fax: (213)549-3760

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 152 minutes.
Originally from Danish, French.

Cast and Crew

Marriage, Physical Problems, Religion, Sex & Sexuality, Scotland, Black Gold
Lars von Trier
Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Adrian Rawlins, Jean-Marc Barr, Sandra Voe, Udo Kier, Mikkel Gaup
Robby Muller
Lars von Trier
Joachim Holbek
Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Vibeke Windelov, Lars Jonsson, Zentropa Entertainment, La Sept Cinema (France), October Films


Cannes 1996: Grand Jury Prize; Cesar 1997: Foreign Film; N.Y. Film Critics 1996: Actress (Watson), Cinematog., Director (von Trier); Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1996: Actress (Watson), Cinematog., Director (von Trier), Film.

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