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Breaking the Waves

In a religious community in Scotland, Bess (Emily Watson) falls in love with Jan (Stellan Skarsgard), a Danish oilrig worker. Impatient for his return, she prays that he will come back, but when Jan suffers an accident and returns paralyzed, Bess believes it is because of her prayer. Jan urges her to take a lover and tell him about the experience. Despite her reservations, Bess agrees, and as her actions become more deviant, she comes to believe it is the will of God so that she can keep Jan alive.

Written by: Lars von Trier

Written by: Peter Asmussen

Directed by: Lars von Trier

Duration: 159 mins

Genre: Drama, Romance

Advisories: Adult Language, Adult Content, Nudity, Mild Violence

Rating: R

Audio Format: Surround Sound, English/Spanish

Video Format: HDTV, Letterbox, Closed Captioning

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