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I'm a fan of Lars von Trier, but...
on October 28, 2016
Breaking The Waves simply did not resonate with me. I love that von Trier makes women the lead characters in almost all of his movies, and Emily Watson displays her exceptional acting talents in attempting to bring life to Bess, a simple, newlywed, piou young woman, living in a tiny Scottish village where she is treated as an outcast. Yet her faith never waivers, even when her husband, played by von Trier favorite, Stellan Skarsgård, is paralyzed in an off-shore oil rig accident. Sadly, for me, despite the fine acting, and beautiful cinematography, writer-director von Trier never sold me on the story, and totally lost me on the ending. To say that von Trier is avant-garde is an understatement, so maybe I just missed what he was trying to do in this movie, and others may get it. But, it will require some attention and thought.