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R| 2 hr. 39 min.

Plot Summary
In a small and religious coastal town, a simple, devoutly religious Scottish woman, Bess McNeill (Emily Watson), finds a partner in an oil rig worker from Norway, Jan Nyman (Stellan Skarsgard). However, the relationship grows strained when Nyman breaks his neck in a horrific work accident on the rig and becomes paralyzed. Unable to perform sexually and suffering mentally from the accident as well, Jan convinces Bess to have sex with other men, which she comes to believe is God's work.

Cast: Emily Watson , Stellan Skarsgard , Katrin Cartlidge , Jean-Marc Barr , Adrian Rawlins , Sandra Voe , Udo Kier , Mikkel Gaup

Director: Lars von Trier

Genres: Drama

Distributor: October Films

Breaking The Waves (1996)

Release Date: October 4th, 1996|2 hr. 39 min.

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  • 90
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    "Waves" is a spellbinder. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    The longer the movie drones on, the queasier it gets. [6 June 1997, Life, p.3D] show more

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