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Breaking the Waves, 1996

Breaking the Waves
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Written by: Lars von Trier
Language:  English
Country:  Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland
Runtime:  159 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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Breaking the Waves can be described as disturbing, bleak, and tense. The plot revolves around a downfall, disabilities, and a tragic hero. The main genres are drama and romance. In terms of style, Breaking the Waves is a melodrama and stars a strong female character. In approach, it is serious and realistic. The storytelling is slow paced. Breaking the Waves is set, at least in part, in a small town. It is located in Scotland. It takes place in the 1990s. Breaking the Waves has received attention for being essential viewing, critically acclaimed, and an award winner. Note that it involves strong sexual content, nudity, and profanity.

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Danish director Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves is a sweeping romantic fable that is photographed... more

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Language: English
Country: Denmark, Sweden, France, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland
Release date: 13 November 1996
Runtime: 159 min
Awards: Cannes

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Awarded Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes

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Emily Watson Emily Watson As Bess McNeill
Stellan Skarsgaard Stellan Skarsgaard As Jan Nyman
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San Francisco Chronicle
One of the most haunting and vital movies of the year.
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"Waves" is a spellbinder.
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Holy crap, what an amazing movie. Just...holy crap. Listen: you've gotta have patience for this one. You've gotta be willing to sit still, to feel uncomfortable, to breathe in the reality of what's happening, otherwise you might not make it to the...
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20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
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Breaking the Waves
a very powerful story of love and obsession, but for me it's over-dramatic. Emily Watson is very impressing in the leading role.
25.October.2008 |  by: ani
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what a sad and sensitive movie. it's not for everyone: you must be prepared for the unusual storyline and for the director's filmmaking techniques. but if you manage to overcome these "obstacles" you'll discover a heartbreaking story about a young...
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