Breaking The Waves details
|Formats:||18 DVD, TBC Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Emily Watson, Katrin Cartlidge, Stellan Skarsgard, Udo Kier, Jean-Marc Barr|
|Director:||Lars Von Trier|
Breaking The Waves
|Run time:||2 hours 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Sep 2003|
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Nothing short of a masterpiece.By sorgos (22 reviews) from Fife , 23 Mar 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Whether you see this film as a retelling of the Joan of Arc story or a study of the power of faith you can't get away from it's power. It is both ugly and beautiful and completely riveting for all of it's 153 minutes. The often commented on performance by Emily Watson is quite breathtaking, I can only think that the reason she never picked up the Oscar she was nominated for was because of the controversial nature of the subject matter.
Although he is meant to be a nightmare, it's no wonder the Hollywood A-list wants to work with Lars Von Trier, his films are simply a cut above the rest.
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Great indeed...By SiSlayRD500 (166 reviews) from Solihull , 13 Sep 2013I thought this film was great indeed. It is slow, bleak and yet totally engaging. All of the acting is very good, particularly by Emily Watson (Bess) who is absolutely brilliant. You have to give it time, many would give up within the first half hour, but it is really one of those films that's worth the effort and by the end you are glad you watched it in its entirety. It is a bitter sweet experience and very realistic in so many ways. Overall a heavy, but well rewarding film.
Great FilmBy VickiMihn (43 reviews) from Warrington , 01 Sep 2013Breaking The Waves is the first in director Lars Von Trier's Golden Hearts trilogy. It's set in the 1970s in a remote part of Scotland and focuses on the childlike Bess (Emily Watson), whom has previously suffered from psychological problems. She marries Jan (Stellan Skarsgard), a oil rig worker whom doesn't meet the approval of the local church, whom are opposed to people outside of the area with different beliefs. Bess often speaks to God yet also answered back in her 'god voice', often criticising her for being selfish and not thinking of others. When Jan gets sent back to the rigs she prays for his return, only for him to return due to an accident which leaves him paralysed. He convinces her to start sleeping with other men so that they can relive the experience as though it were them. This leads to a break down for Bess' reputation and her psychological problems become much worse once more. Although on the long side, it's enjoyable and Emily Watson is a pleasure to watch as the unique Bess. I particularly enjoyed her conversations between her and 'God'. She plays the innocence and simple mindedness so well it's hard to imagine her as the intelligent, well spoken woman that she is. Jan and Dodo (Katrin Cartlidge) are also enjoyable characters. The style of the film is so natural and realistic that it really gives you a sense of being a lot closer to the drama. I love the grainy effect and feel that it really adds more tone to the sadness and struggles of Jan's long term illness. The film as a whole after the wedding chapter is actually hard going and as a viewer I felt that I'd been through the situation myself. Even though the film is essentially a simple love story, it is completely the opposite to Hollywood blockbusters in the sense that there is no happy ending and no upbeat tone. It portrays a far more realistic and lifelike story which is what I love most about the film. I'd really recommend watching this and will be checking out the other two films in the trilogy myself.
didn't enjoy it as his other filmsBy a customer , 17 Aug 2013I admire Lars Von Trier as a director. But I just didn't feel a connection to this piece of crap. This is coming from someone who's favorite film is Dancer in the Dark as well as Melancholia and Antichrist. I found this film to be a bore and didn't show much artistic elements as his other films.
Breaking the mouldBy EvidentlyFilmfan (5 reviews) , 23 Jun 2013One of the best films i've ever seen.....tense, heart-breaking, and breath-taking. Emily Watson gives the performance of her life and will leave you gasping for air, not for the faint-hearted but clearly one of LVT's greatest movies ever.
Breaking the WavesBy a customer , 05 Jun 2013Breaking the waves is one of the best films I have ever seen. It was brilliant! I was hooked from the first minute. It is a little jewel.