After a hesitant and almost funny start, she complies. Synopsis With Breaking The Waves, director fashions an often disturbing tale of the singular power of love. This is a flabbergasting work of art that portrays a woman's quest to please God and does so with the complexity and emotional power of a Bergman film not to mention the fact that the film portrays a woman's intense suffering in world sternly ruled by men with the power of a Dreyer film. Communal rejection is not far off. If von Trier made nothing else of any merit for the rest of his career, if all he did was make marginally interesting film experiments, I wouldn't hesitate to call him a great filmmaker on the soul basis of this film. Von Trier's style, with its hand-held camera, lack of artificial lighting, grainy photography, and lingering close-ups can try the patience.
The film is made with a hand-held camera and a visually stunning solarized style. With dragon boat racing as its theme, the movie is a perfect movie to kick start the hot summer. It is not often that Hollywood is able to capture this sort of raw emotion, but Watson pulled it off with incredible talent. It will pull at every heart muscle that you have and really make you look at your significant other and truly feel the power of love. It does showcase brilliant acting and direction in a fable that has some very uncompromising arguments about a religious dominance which only concerns itself with a believed afterlife, caring nothing about addressing the pains of living and administering to its sufferers compassionately.
The resolution is wrenching but also uplifting with the suggestion that Bess's acts reflect good in a pristine sense. I will be honest; I shed tears at the end of this film. She can't curtail her conduct because of her absolute devotion to Jan and her community can't and won't understand or forgive her. Lars von Trier does a spectacular job of continually building on the foundation that he has begun. Bess is not only a virgin, she's never seen a naked man before. Commentary reflected the high degree of polarization this long, engrossing and deeply disturbing Indie film created.
Bess the Oscar-nominated is a naïve, borderline simple young woman who lives in a Scottish coastal town ruled by the religious doctrine of its council of elders. Richardson and Dodo first ask and then beg her to abandon her self-destructive and now publicly shocking behavior. Her one-sided conversations with God in which she looks up in the air submissively and pleas and then looks down with a deep voice of wrath and scolds are both funny and sad, not to mention the fact that they reveal seemingly endless amounts of details about who she is. But I held in there and slowly was drawn in to their lives, their environment, and the ghastly tragedy that confronts them. On several levels von Trier has mirrored, through powerful acting and awesome direction, that small, closed society whose fundamentalist interiority is a microcosm of the hatred that blind, non-humanistic religion often brings it's easy to see the stern, unsmiling, dogma-obsessed church leader as a modern incarnation of the sixteenth century's John Knox of Edinburgh. This is a love story, but not like one we have seen in a very long time. The emotion and serenity that is felt, not only behind the character of Bess, but also behind Watson's eyes is phenomenal.
This sounds like a grungy tale, but von Trier tells it with such humanism and focus on his themes that we never feel like he is rubbing our faces in drear. A tragedy, she died in 2002 of pneumonia barely into her forties. We're never told how she met him but the church scene immediately and succinctly conveys the fear and, indeed, near loathing the male religious oligarchs have of anyone entering their closed and tightly controlled community. Recovering from a mental breakdown caused by the death of her brother, Bess marries a rough. In the end, von Trier seems to believe in God but does not believe in the churches that try to codify what he wants.
The movie is also long, clocking in at about 2½ hours. It is when we finally find true love that nothing else in the world seems worthy or good. The film is directed by Patrick Leung with John Woo as its executive producer Breaking the Waves is described as a youthful, light-hearted, and romantic story about Xiaoyue, a fiery and irritable dragon boat trainer who learns patience from her sunny boyfriend, Tianhua. In Breaking the Waves, he slowly, very slowly unfolds his drama. He convinces Bess to see other people and Bess wants nothing more than to make him happy and to prove to God that she loves him. I was ready to hit the eject button about 20 minutes into the movie. Watson is his foundation, and Trier builds this amazing world around her.
Wherever you stand on the Dogme issue personally I'm all for it as long as they continue to make movies as great as 'Festen' and 'The Idiots' , his brief alliance with the group has overshadowed amazing work like 'Element Of Crime', 'Europa' and 'Breaking The Waves'. I found her to be naive and inexperienced, the kind of sheltered person for whom marriage to a man of broad experience and unfettered sexuality is boundlessly liberating. Emily Watson's portrayal as young Bess McNeill is the most powerful performance of a career still in the ascendancy. She is so good in this movie she'll leave you speechless! We work as hard as we can to continue this warmth that we feel in our hearts when true love exists, and sometimes that means going to a level we never thought imaginable. Thank you Lars von Trier for your imagination and passion for love. The less you know about this movie the more powerful it will be, and even a jaded cynic like myself was surprised at how effective its spiritual theme was.
One of the greatest movies of the last ten years. Richardson Adrian Rawlins becomes chief physician not only to Jan but to his disconsolate wife who prays for a miraculous recovery while remaining devoted to her husband. It doesn't take long for the doctors to determine he's permanently paralyzed from the neck down. Watson plays Bess McNeill, a naive and odd young woman living in a remote and deeply religious Scottish community. Jan suffers a near fatal accident on the rig and is flown back to hospital.
After some disastrous complications, Bess is led to believe that she can please God and save Jan's life by having numerous sexual encounters with strangers in town. Von Trier won't let Bess escape as her situation worsens. Love has no boundaries as we watch Bess do everything possible and more to keep the relationship with her husband together during the roughest of times. . She slowly elides into a twisted caricature of the personality envisioned by Jan. Bess has one friend, a woman who becomes increasingly important both to her and the story, nurse Dodo McNeill, widowed wife of Bess's brother.