A true masterpiece of provocative Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier, this unsettling love story won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, with brilliant performances from Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgard.
Drama set in a repressed, deeply religious community in the north of Scotland, where a naive young woman named Bess McNeil (Emily Watson) meets and falls in love with Danish oil-rig worker Jan (Stellan Skarsgard). Bess and Jan are deeply in love but, when Jan returns to his rig, Bess prays to God that he returns for good. Jan does return, his neck broken in an accident aboard the rig. Because of his condition, Jan and Bess are now unable to enjoy a sexual relationship and Jan urges Bess to take another lover and tell him the details. As Bess becomes more and more deviant in her sexual behavior, the more she comes to believe that her actions are guided by God and are helping Jan recover.
original title Breaking the Waves
by Lars von Trier
cast Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgard, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr
DK (1996) | 159’ | Color | M/16 | 35mm