BREAKING THE WAVES: DVD
In a remote, close-knit, deeply religious community on the north east coast of Scotland, young Bess (Emily Watson), naive and innocent, falls in love with an offshore oil rigger. Despite community opposition they marry, but soon Jan (Stellan Skarsgård) returns to the oilrig. Bess waits for him: when an accident renders Jan bedridden, he pleads that Bess prove her true love for him by making love to other men. Bess, her faith unshakable, believes her love is an all-powerful and healing force.
Review by Louise Keller:
This is a film that you either love or hate. It's a powerful cinematic experience that sweeps you away on all levels. There are eight separate sections that depict this unusual love story, and rather than fragment this work from Las von Trier, it enhances it. Each begins with an eerily beautiful surreal image, described by von Trier as 'God's eye view of the landscape...'. At these times our senses are enhanced by the effective use of 70s songs by artists including David Bowie, Elton John and Deep Purple, highlighting the fact that this is the only music in the film
Emily Watson gives an extraordinary performance that displays vulnerability, yet immense inner strength. The passion Watson injects into Bess is almost painful to watch; this is a character you will never forget.
A highly emotional and satisfying film experience.
Published April 28, 2005
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BREAKING THE WAVES: DVD (R)
CAST: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier
PRODUCER: Vibeke Windelov, Peter Aaalbaek Jensen
DIRECTOR: Lars von Trier
SCRIPT: Lars von Trier
RUNNING TIME: 159 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: N/a
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Madman
DVD RELEASE: March 16, 2005