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BREAKING THE WAVES
In Competition - Feature Films

BREAKING THE WAVES

Directed by : Lars Von Trier

Country : DENMARK, FRANCE, SWEDEN

Grand Prix , 1996

Synopsis

In the early 1970's a naive girl, Bess, living in a small community on the North West of Scotland, falls in love with oil-rig worker and man-of-the-world Jan. Despite local opposition they marry. Jan returns to the rig, whilst Bess counts the days to his homecoming sure that their love is made in heaven, especially as she is convinced she can mentally communicate with God. When an accident renders Jan paralysed he is worried that Bess will cut herself off from a normal life. Realising that he will be bedridden, he convinces her that she will aid his recovery by taking a lover and relating to him their sexual acts.

Credits

Robby MULLER - Cinematography

Karl JULIUSSON - Set decorator

Anders REFN - Film Editor

Lars Von Trier - Director

Lars Von Trier - Script / Dialogue

Casting

Adrian RAWLINS - Dr. Richardson

Jean-Marc BARR - Terry

Emily WATSON - Bess

Udo KIER - L'homme du chalutier

Katrin CARTLIDGE - Dodo

Stellan SKARSGÅRD - Jan

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