A transcendent, uncompromising work of humor and emotion that puts a
contemporary spin on the Danish classic of rational thought versus faith,
"Ordet," "Breaking the Waves" is touching, funny and magnificent. Bess
(Emily Watson) bucks local opinion to marry a seasoned oil-rigger, Jan.
The bliss of their union is interrupted when Jan leaves their tiny
community in Scotland to go back to work. When an accident leaves him
paralyzed, he asks his young, adoring wife (who has a direct pipeline to
God) to alleviate his suffering by taking a lover and sharing the details
of their coupling with him. As unabashedly spiritual as it is perverse,
the film leads to a place that any committed filmgoer will relish. Opinion
is sharply divided on this one.
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