Breaking the Waves Poster

Release Date: November 22nd, 1996

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2000

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 Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Adrian Rawlins, Sandra Voe, Udo Kier, Mikkel Gaup

Director: Lars von Trier

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Lucky Red, Zentropa Entertainments

Keywords: 1970s, Doctor, Dark, Quest, Small town, Husband, Wife, Emotional, Mother, Forbidden love, Love, Fall

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Winner Best Danish Film
Robert Award (1997)
Winner Best Original Screenplay
Robert Award (1997)
Winner Best Actress in a Leading Role
Robert Award (1997)
Winner Bästa utländska film
Guldbagge Award (1997)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Winner Best Danish Film
Bodil Awards (1997)
Winner Best Actress
Bodil Awards (1997)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Best Cinematography
Robert Award (1997)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role