Breaking the Waves

by Lars von Trier 2h32min United Kingdom 1996
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Breaking the Waves
by Lars von Trier

Oilman Jan is paralyzed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.

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  • Emily Watson : Bess McNeill
  • Katrin Cartlidge : Dodo McNeill
  • Stellan Skarsgård : Jan Nyman
  • Jean-Marc Barr : Terry
  • And with: Adrian Rawlins, Jonathan Hackett, Udo Kier, Sandra Voe, Mikkel Gaup, Roef Ragas, Phil McCall


  • Director Lars von Trier
  • Scenario Lars von Trier, Peter Asmussen
  • Photo director Robby Müller
  • Set Design Karl Juliusson
  • Costume Design Manon Rasmussen
  • Sound Per Streit
  • Editing Anders Refn
  • Original music Joachim Holbek
  • Producer Peter Aalbaek Jensen, Vibeke Windeløv
  • Production Compagny Zentropa Entertainments
  • Distributor Les Films du Losange

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,35:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixDolby
  • Production1996
  • Release date for France07/31/1996
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageEnglish


Récompenses : Festival de Cannes 1996 - Grand Prix César 1997 - Meilleur Film Étranger Oscars 1997 - Nomination à l’Oscar de la Meilleure Actrice : Emily Watson

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