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Breaking The Waves

Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, nudity, language and some violence.

R In Theaters 11/22/1996 , 159min.
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Watson is a major find as Bess. Graced with delicate, expressive features, she gives an extraordinary performance. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Although it contains many visually compelling passages and some provocative moments, the movie is strangely banal and simplistic. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
A narrative path leading from the sincere to the ludicrous, and culminating in a final image of flabbergasting transcendance, gives Breaking the Waves its surprising power. Full Review
James Berardinelli
If not for a somewhat forced catharsis during the epilogue (the weakest segment of the movie), Breaking the Waves would have been more wrenching than it is. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
What Von Trier arrives at is a complex, contemporary, and deeply moving exploration of faith. Full Review

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