Breaking the Waves

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  • R
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 1996
  • Running time: 159 min
Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns as Bess, a simple, pious newlywed in a tiny Scottish village who gives... read more
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Lars von Trier became an international sensation with this galvanizing realist fable about sex and spiritual transcendence. In an Oscar-nominated performance, Emily Watson stuns 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.

Original Release

07/05/1996

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Cast

Directors

Lars von Trier

Writers

Lars von Trier, David Pirie, Peter Asmussen

Cast

Emily Watson Bess McNeill
Stellan Skarsgard Jan Nyman
Katrin Cartlidge Dodo McNeill
Jean-Marc Barr Terry
Adrian Rawlins Dr. Richardson
Jonathan Hackett Priest
Sandra Voe Mother
Udo Kier Sadistic Sailor
Mikkel Gaup Pits
Roef Ragas Pim
Robert Robertson Chairman
Phil McCall Grandfather
Desmond Reilly An Elder
Sarah Gudgeon Sybilla
Finlay Welsh Coroner (as Finley Welsh)
David Gallacher Glasgow Doctor
Ray Jeffries Man on Bus
Owen Kavanagh Man at Lighthouse
Bob Docherty Man on Boat
David Bateson Young Sailor

Producers

Editors

Anders Refn

1997 Oscar Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1997 Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1997 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
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