1h 40' without intermission
Date of the opening: April 02, 2015
Simple, faithful Bess should love God above all else. But Bess dares to share her love with Jan, an outsider whom she passionately marries and begins a happy life with. When Jan suffers a devastating accident, Bess engages in a series of self-sacrifices that she believes have the power to save Jan’s life. Set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, Lars von Trier’s 1996 cult film, Breaking the Waves, shocked the film world. Its stark landscapes and naked aesthetics offered no answers, only questions. Why do we turn our backs on the weakest? When does conformity become suffocation? And wouldn’t you say that faith is a feeling, not just a word?
There is no other film I can think of where the performances threaten so violently, so gracefully, to puncture the cinematic frame and become real.