Breaking the Waves Reviews

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February 22, 2019
Emily Watson gives this musty spiritualism a flesh and-blood sympathetic center. Her purity of emotion, be it bliss, fear or sorrow, are convincingly unactorly and the camera -- even Von Trier's handheld pseudo-documentary one -- loves her face.
February 26, 2018
There are few movies around that take such huge risks: this is high-wire filmmaking, without a net of irony.
August 3, 2014
Both a ferocious love story and a tale of the triumph of vital individual faith over ossified and corrupt organized religion.
April 18, 2014
Issues of faith, devotion, sexuality and divine intervention are at the center of this daring and provocative piece that placed writer-director Lars von Trier on the international map.
April 15, 2014
It's a testament to Emily Watson's astounding performance as Bess that she comes across as more than a von Trier construct; she's a woman of boundless passion, who follows her faith wherever it takes her.
September 7, 2011
September 1, 2009
Von Trier may put his characters and the viewer through the ringer, yet his empathy toward both is unmistakable.
August 30, 2009
Here is a film that makes you feel like you've read the novel, seen the movie, and lived the life of a protagonist more empathetic than any other. You just might need a stiff drink afterward.
March 26, 2009
The performance from newcomer Emily Watson is the centerpiece of this spiritual journey.
September 6, 2007
A powerful tear-jerker romantic drama that intriguingly also brings religion into the mix.
September 5, 2006
June 24, 2006
It's a remarkable achievement for all concerned, with Katrin Cartlidge, as Bess's widowed sister-in-law, sharing the acting laurels with the radiant Emily Watson, and writer/director Lars von Trier building the emotional and dramatic intensity ...
September 15, 2005
The synopsis doesn't begin to do justice to the psychological and emotional complexities of the tale.
June 29, 2005
March 18, 2005
December 6, 2004
The actors are superb. [But] it is the easiest thing in the world to do ... move people by destroying something beautiful.
December 6, 2004
Unforgettable
July 1, 2004
Will introduce the experimental director to a wider American audience.
October 27, 2003
Watson's mesmerising performance propels this sad but weirdly uplifting look at sex, spirituality and guilt.
September 18, 2003
Well done, but so incredibly depressing that it's not entertaining.
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