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Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves
  • 1996
  • Denmark/France
  • 158 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Lars von Trier
  • Written by: Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen
  • Cast: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Udo Kier

In a close-knit Calvinist community in the north of Scotland, a young woman faces banishment from the church when she makes a self-sacrificing pact with God in order to save her husband's life. Unlike von Trier's austere arthouse works ('Europa'), this intimate melodrama is raw and exposed. Emotional connection transcends everything else in this moving film.

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