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Breaking the Waves [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] [1996]

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  • Release Date: 04/15/2014
  • Rating: R

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    Special Features

    • Selected-scene Audio Commentary featuring von Trier, Editor Anders Refn, and location scout Anthony Dod Mantle
    • New interview with filmmaker and critic Stig Björkman
    • New interviews with actors Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård
    • Interview from 2004 with actor Adrian Rawlins
    • Excerpts from Watson's audition tape, with Commentary by von Trier
    • Deleted scene featuring the late actor Katrin Cartlidge
    • Cannes Film Festival promotional clip
    • Trailer
    • Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic David Sterritt and an excerpt from the 1999 book Trier on von Trier


    Breaking the Waves
    With Breaking The Waves, director Lars von Trier fashions an often disturbing tale of the singular power of love. Bess (the Oscar-nominated Emily Watson) is a naïve, borderline simple young woman who lives in a Scottish coastal town ruled by the religious doctrine of its council of elders. Recovering from a mental breakdown caused by the death of her brother, Bess marries a rough yet compassionate and attentive oil rig worker named Jan (Stellan Skarsgård). For a brief time, the couple enjoys peaceful wedded bliss, with the worldly Jan introducing Bess to the mysteries of sex. Jan must soon return to his job on the rig, however, where he is paralyzed from the neck down in a freak accident. Bess' emotional trauma over Jan's injury turns into obsession as she prays to God for his recovery and offers to do anything to have her husband back whole. Jan, constantly medicated and profoundly depressed, asks Bess to have sex with other men and tell him about it, thinking this will allow her to return to a normal life. Bess, on the other hand, sees it as an expression of her devotion to Jan that even God won't be able to ignore. Bess's resultant downward spiral leads to a finale of both tragedy and spirituality. Breaking The Waves is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive European movies of the 1990s, marking von Trier's movement toward his influential Dogma 95 school of filmmaking, which emphasizes realistic situations of contemporary life, filmed without background music and with a hand-held, restlessly moving camera. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Emily Watson
      Emily Watson - Bess McNeill
    • Katrin Cartlidge
      Katrin Cartlidge - Dodo McNeill
    • Jean-Marc Barr
      Jean-Marc Barr - Terry
    • Adrian Rawlins
      Adrian Rawlins - Dr. Richardson
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      Sandra Voe - Bess' Mother

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      Interesting, challenging, emotionally wrenching. Dark and memorable. I would recommend but this is not for everyone.

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