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    Breaking the Waves

    Oilman Jan is paralyzed after an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
    Duration: 159 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1996
    IMDb: 7.8
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  • Actors of "Breaking the Waves"

  • Characters of "Breaking the Waves"

    Bess McNeill. Character of Breaking the Waves
    Played by: Emily Watson
    Jan Nyman. Character of Breaking the Waves
    Dodo McNeill. Character of Breaking the Waves
    Sadistic Sailor. Character of Breaking the Waves
    Played by: Udo Kier
  • Directors of "Breaking the Waves"

    Lars von Trier. Director of Breaking the Waves
    Lars von Trier
    Birthdate: 30 April 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Creators of "Breaking the Waves"

    Lars von Trier. Director of Breaking the Waves
    Lars von Trier
    Birthdate: 30 April 1956, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Peter Asmussen. Director of Breaking the Waves
    Peter Asmussen
    Birthdate: 28 March 1957, Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Critic Reviews of "Breaking the Waves"

    March 26, 2009

    The performance from newcomer Emily Watson is the centerpiece of this spiritual journey.

    Time Out
    June 24, 2006

    It's a remarkable achievement for all concerned, with Katrin Cartlidge, as Bess's widowed sister-in-law, sharing the acting laurels with the radiant Emily Watson, and writer/director Lars von Trier building the emotional and dramatic intensity ...

    San Francisco Chronicle
    January 01, 2000

    Watson's Bess is an unforgettable character -- simple, profound, heartbreaking, tragic and yet triumphant.

    Common Sense Media
    April 18, 2017

    Gloomy '90s drama has cursing, nudity, mature themes.

    Movie Metropolis
    August 03, 2014

    Both a ferocious love story and a tale of the triumph of vital individual faith over ossified and corrupt organized religion.

    The Dissolve
    April 15, 2014

    It's a testament to Emily Watson's astounding performance as Bess that she comes across as more than a von Trier construct; she's a woman of boundless passion, who follows her faith wherever it takes her.

    City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
    September 01, 2009

    Von Trier may put his characters and the viewer through the ringer, yet his empathy toward both is unmistakable.
    August 30, 2009

    Here is a film that makes you feel like you've read the novel, seen the movie, and lived the life of a protagonist more empathetic than any other. You just might need a stiff drink afterward.

    Ozus' World Movie Reviews
    September 06, 2007

    A powerful tear-jerker romantic drama that intriguingly also brings religion into the mix.
    September 15, 2005

    The synopsis doesn't begin to do justice to the psychological and emotional complexities of the tale.

    Looking Closer
    December 06, 2004

    The actors are superb. [But] it is the easiest thing in the world to do ... move people by destroying something beautiful.

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