Thoughts on Breaking the Waves

Sunday, January 16, 2011 11:27 AM By Simon

-What the fuck, world?

-A childlike, devoutly religious woman named Bess (Emily Watson) marries a foreign oil worker, Jan (Stellan Skarsgaard), who must leave for the barges not long after the wedding. Distraught, she prays that he comes home, and immediately afterward, he's severely injured, almost completely paralyzed. Thinking it's her fault, when he requests that she sleep with other men and describe it to him so they 'can be together', she takes on the task with tragic determination.

-Lars von Trier, why must you torture the most innocent women on the fucking planet? Watson, and Bjork, and Gainsbourg, and soon Dunst, and Kidman, and Howard (though one could argue it's the same character, but fuck off). Have you been watching Fight Club?

-Terribly shot, but I believe that's the point. An excellent examination of faith. Funny, mostly sad, mostly gut-wrenching, mostly depressing, a bit bittersweet. I'll see you in hell.

9 comments:

James D. said...

I wish I could see in him the same everyone else does. Dogville is the only one I really like.

January 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM
Franz Patrick said...

Boo, Netlix still doesn't have it. It's been on my queue for over a year!

January 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM
Simon said...

James: I'm sorry.

Franz: I know, eventually I just gave up and got it at the library.

January 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM
Jose said...

Hahaha he does torture the ladies but it's soooooo worth it when they come up with these performances :P

January 20, 2011 at 7:48 AM
Simon said...

Jose: That's debateable...do you really want to watch Bjork die horribly? My soul dies every time.

January 23, 2011 at 10:09 AM
okinawaassault said...

Thanks for spoiling Dancer in the Dark.

Breaking the Waves was the Emily Watson show, but Skarsgard and the supporting players put some gravity on their performances as well. But yea, we need to bring the Emily Watson show back.

February 7, 2011 at 1:50 PM
Simon said...

Okinawa: Your welcome.

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