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Lars von Trier

Breaking the waves

Edition 1996
152' - 1996 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Lars von Trier With: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge
In the early 1970's a naive young girl, Bess, is living in a small community on the north west coast of Scotland. One day she falls in love with oil-rig worker and man-of-the-world Jan. Despite local opposition they marry. Jan returns to the rig, whilst Bess counts the days to his homecoming sure that their love is made in heaven, especially as she is convinced she can mentally communicate with God. When an accident renders Jan paralysed he is worried that Bess will cut herself off from a normal life. Realising that he will be bedridden, he convinces her that she will aid his recovery by taking a lover and relating to him their sexual acts...

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Lars von Trier


Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge


Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen, David Pirie

Director of Photography

Robby Müller


Anders Refn


Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Vibeke Windeløv

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Countries of production

Iceland, Denmark, United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, France, Sweden




Lars von Trier
Befrielsesbilleder (1982), The Element of Crime (1984), Epidemic (1987), Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), The Idiots (1998), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville: The Pilot (2003), The Five Obstructions (2003), Dogville (2003), Manderlay (2005), The Boss of It All (2006), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), Antichrist (2009), Dimension 1991-2024 (2010), Melancholia (2011), Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Nymphomaniac: Vol. II (2013), The House That Jack Built (2018)

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