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Breaking the Waves

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Oilman Jan is paralyzed after an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
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December 06, 2004

The actors are superb. [But] it is the easiest thing in the world to do ... move people by destroying something beautiful.
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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.
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January 01, 2000

Watson's Bess is an unforgettable character -- simple, profound, heartbreaking, tragic and yet triumphant.
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April 18, 2017

Gloomy '90s drama has cursing, nudity, mature themes.
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September 01, 2009

Von Trier may put his characters and the viewer through the ringer, yet his empathy toward both is unmistakable.
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March 26, 2009

The performance from newcomer Emily Watson is the centerpiece of this spiritual journey.
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September 06, 2007

A powerful tear-jerker romantic drama that intriguingly also brings religion into the mix.
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August 03, 2014

Both a ferocious love story and a tale of the triumph of vital individual faith over ossified and corrupt organized religion.
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September 15, 2005

The synopsis doesn't begin to do justice to the psychological and emotional complexities of the tale.
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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 ...
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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.
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