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Breaking the Waves [Import]


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  • Actors: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr, Adrian Rawlins
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Writers: Lars von Trier, David Pirie, Peter Asmussen
  • Producers: Axel Helgeland, Lars Jönsson, Marianne Slot, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Hallmark
  • Release Date: July 25 2000
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305899681


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By James Hutchins on April 22 2004
Format: DVD
There have been many great films made within the last ten years or so that could be described as "great cinema." Fargo, Pulp Fiction, Silence of the Lambs, Schindler's List, Goodfellas all come to my mind. As well as other overlooked (by the moviegoing public, anyway) or misunderstood gems like Heavenly Creatures, Hoop Dreams, Matewan, or Slacker. This film, however, is the best of them all. To put it another way, I think it's the best film of the 1990s.
In all my years as a cineaste and as a movie-goer, few films have affected me as profoundly as this film. Some of it is indeed 'disturbing' but only in the same sense that, say, the Gospels are disturbing.. telling us things we'd rather not hear and showing us images we'd rather not see... but things which make us wiser and more human. This film is about faith and love and hope, yes, but it is no feel-good movie of the week slop. It's a challenging film, which means that some may not enjoy it. As film critic Roger Ebert writes: "It has the kind of raw power, the kind of unshielded regard for the force of good and evil in the world, that we want to shy away from. It is easier sometimes to wrap ourselves in sentiment and pious platitudes."
It redefines our definition of sin and redemption and gives a vision of a righteous person that is probably more in line with what Jesus had in mind than any conservative church elders (like the ones in the film) are capable of conceptualizing. Rarely does a film come along that is as both spiritual and as morally complex as this one. It will alienate some viewers with it's frank sexuality, nudity, and it's devastating second act.
It's their loss.. and what a huge loss it is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Dall on April 11 2004
Format: DVD
Please do not get me wrong: Trier means most of the things he says with this movie: and he is propably one of the 9 greatest filmmakers in history. I am just not sure that people realize how much this movie is a rebellion against certain turgid, self - important elements in Danish culture. He uses clichès and sentimentality to express ideas that are quite complex and clever: and even passionate. Its something Danes usually do not admit to be, but are actually quite good at: just look at that other Danish catholic convert, Niels Steensen.
(Not that i am that much for Catholicism, but it does make for some fine stories).
Two minor points:
1): I know people might "blank it out" due to ingrained stereotypes ("Footlose" was a charming movie, but its theme mayhave become slightly, well, over - used?): Triers main villains are NOT the Presbytarians: he establishes their supiriority to id - driven types pretty early on in the movie (its the "liberated" types who end up killing the main character too, come to think of it).
2): no, the movie is not "misogynist": yes, she actually knows what shes doing. People do, sometimes: even women (though a lot of people seem not to think so).
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas F. Farina on June 18 2004
Format: DVD
This film does NOT endorse what it depicts. Obviously, the memebers of the church are misguided, in fact a great deal of the film points that out. But the film is not about them, it is about Bess, and about her love for God and God's love for her. What happens to her in the movie is not God's torture of her, it is human free will being exercised on a pure spirit, and the beauty is how her spirit always remains pure. That is why God loves Bess. God does not sugarcoat the world, and all who wish to follow him go through trials. Bess made it through those trials, and this is, as such, a TRUE CHRISTIAN FILM.
Not to mention it is cinematically the best film I have ever seen, as Heilman says, it is transcends words and descriptions. Do not let any review scare you away, if you don't like graphic sex turn it off, but this is a film about the love God has for all the how beautiful a pure spirit is.
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Format: DVD
Very gripping and persuasively acted. The girl's fervent conversations with herself, in which she plays the part of God, show the director's psychological insight. The personalities are subtly drawn. Von Trier captures brilliantly the atmosphere of his isolated, rigidly pious Scottish community.

But his own moralizing is also infected by Christianity. He elevates to sainthood a diseased and fanatical mind, he glorifies excess and simple-minded belief. The fact that much of the action takes place in hospitals is fitting, given the unhealthy nature of this sensibility.

Deep love and loyalty are good, but contrary to what is taught in von Trier's morality play, a self abasing, blind and clinging love, which clamps onto its object like a vice, is not good. The movie has a biblical feel to it, with its message of testing and redemption. There is no denying its power, but it's the power of sickness.
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Format: VHS Tape
Yes all devout Christians beware this film it may well shatter your illusions, throw another book on the pyre. The all-loving infallible god who slew the first born and condemned achievement of his beloved children at the tower of Babel. Oh merciful heaven, condone another three centuries of tyrannical witch trials. God loves you as he keeps you. Considering the intimacy of your relationship tell him i said Hi when you next converse.
P.s. oh and err.... don't eat from that tree
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