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That is the central theme of Lars von Trier's epic, Breaking the Waves. Love has no boundaries as we watch Bess do everything possible (and more) to keep the relationship with her husband together during the roughest of times. Emily Watson controls the character Bess giving her best performance ever. The emotion and serenity that is felt, not only behind the character of Bess, but also behind Watson's eyes is phenomenal. It is not often that Hollywood is able to capture this sort of raw emotion, but Watson pulled it off with incredible talent.
Outside of Watson's character, there is the story. Lars von Trier does a spectacular job of continually building on the foundation that he has begun. Watson is his foundation, and Trier builds this amazing world around her. In this film, everything from talking to God to reverberating stories to her husband while he is in the hospital only helps build the story to even higher heights. I will be honest; I shed tears at the end of this film. It will pull at every heart muscle that you have and really make you look at your significant other and truly feel the power of love.
This is a love story, but not like one we have seen in a very long time. I don't think we will see anything similar to this again. It will be hard for Hollywood to emulate such raw talent, groundbreaking direction, and life-changing story.
Thank you Lars von Trier for your imagination and passion for love.
Grade: ***** out of *****
Breaking the Waves is broken up in different chapters and in between the chapters von Tier uses scenic shots that are artistically enhanced. These shots cue the audience on the upcoming chapter as it deals with different issues around Bess and Jan's relationship. The film is shot in a Dogma 95 style that von Tier introduced to the public in 1995, which adds to the realism of the story. In addition, the cast performs brilliantly as they help paint the true vision of Lars von Tier in a brilliant cinematic experience that some will love and some will hate as the story forces the audience to choose a side.
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nice slice of life in a remote irish village. entertaining, fun, not a strong storyline.Published 2 months ago by Perspectech
Beautiful scenery and great acting. Nice NOT to know where the story is going. Emily Watson is amazing. You find yourself thinking about this story days later. Read morePublished 8 months ago by TD
Love, God and tragedy crystallize over the simple-minded but incredibly endearing Bess McNeil. Acting, music and filming locations are all fantastic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Theresa Mickiewicz
Intense WITH ACTING FROM A lady who earned an academy award nominee.Published 11 months ago by Charles A. Seijo