Breaking the Waves

Breaking the Waves (1996)

Love is a mighty power.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1996-05-13
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 486 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 39min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Trust Film
  • Production Country: Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden
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In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.

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  • Emily Watson

    as Bess McNeill
  • Stellan Skarsgård

    as Jan Nyman
  • Katrin Cartlidge

    as Dodo McNeill
  • Jean-Marc Barr

    as Terry
  • Adrian Rawlins

    as Dr. Richardson
  • Jonathan Hackett

    as Priest
  • Sandra Voe

    as Mother
  • Udo Kier

    as Sadistic Sailor
  • Mikkel Gaup

    as Pits
  • Roef Ragas

    as Pim
  • Robert Robertson

    as Chairman
  • Phil McCall

    as Grandfather
  • Desmond Reilly

    as An Elder
  • Sarah Gudgeon

    as Sybilla
  • Finlay Welsh

    as Coroner
  • David Gallacher

    as Glasgow Doctor
  • Ray Jeffries

    as Man on Bus
  • Owen Kavanagh

    as Man at Lighthouse
  • Bob Docherty

    as Man on Boat
  • David Bateson

    as Young Sailor
Directing Lars von Trier Director
Writing Lars von Trier Author
Production Peter Aalbæk Jensen Producer
Camera Robby Müller Director of Photography
Writing Peter Asmussen Author
Editing Anders Refn Editor
Sound Joachim Holbek Original Music Composer
Production Joyce Nettles Casting
Production Job Gosschalk Casting
Camera Jean-Paul Meurisse Director of Photography
Camera Eric Kress Director of Photography