Breaking the Waves 1996 R18+

2.00PM Sun 22 Apr 2018 (2hrs 38mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

A naive woman living in a remote Calvinist community on the Scottish coast, Bess (Emily Watson) flaunts the will of the town's austere churchmen to marry Jan (Stellan Skarsgård) a lusty Swede working in a nearby offshore oil rig. Her purity is put to the ultimate test when Jan is crippled in an accident and she agrees to continue their love-making vicariously through other men. Pilloried as a harlot, Bess is committed to the asylum but not before she seeks Jan's recovery through one final act of faith. Captured through Robby Mueller's raw, relentless hand-held camera, this triumphant tale of tragedy, faith and redemption – the first in Lars Von Trier's "Golden Heart" trilogy on saintly heroines – is a cinematic tour de force.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR (EASTMANCOLOR), DOLBY DIGITAL, 159 MINUTES, DENMARK/SWEDEN/FRANCE/NETHERLANDS/NORWAY/ICELAND/SPAIN, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: LARS VON TRIER / SCRIPT: LARS VON TRIER, PETER ASMUSSEN, DAVID PIRIE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ROBBY MÜLLER / EDITOR: ANDERS REFN / PRODUCTION DESIGNER: KARL JÚLÍUSSON / PRINT SOURCE; NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA / RIGHTS: TRUST NORDISK

R18+ | Medium level sex scenes, Adult themes