Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thoughts on Breaking the Waves

-What the fuck, world?

-A childlike, devoutly religious woman named Bess (Emily Watson) marries a foreign oil worker, Jan (Stellan Skarsgaard), who must leave for the barges not long after the wedding. Distraught, she prays that he comes home, and immediately afterward, he's severely injured, almost completely paralyzed. Thinking it's her fault, when he requests that she sleep with other men and describe it to him so they 'can be together', she takes on the task with tragic determination.

-Lars von Trier, why must you torture the most innocent women on the fucking planet? Watson, and Bjork, and Gainsbourg, and soon Dunst, and Kidman, and Howard (though one could argue it's the same character, but fuck off). Have you been watching Fight Club?

-Terribly shot, but I believe that's the point. An excellent examination of faith. Funny, mostly sad, mostly gut-wrenching, mostly depressing, a bit bittersweet. I'll see you in hell.