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14 - Weep Openly with Lars Von Trier's 'Breaking the Waves'

This week's film was a fan shout out:

Hey all
Love the show. I have seen a handful of the ones you have reviewed already. Have you seen or heard of the movie "Breaking The Waves" by Lars Von Trier? I personally consider it the best movie ever made. It is so great I don't even know if I like it or not. It emotionally guts you like a pig. Highly recommend it.
This is the first film of Lars Von Trier's "Golden Heart Trilogy", and stars Emily Watson and Stellan Skarsgård.
It's an incredible piece of film, but did we like it?

Buy 'Breaking the Waves' on DVD!

Juan also wanted to throw a quick shout out to a "blink and you'll miss it" cameo from Udo Kier.
Juan spent WAY too much time playing Red Alert 2...


Reader Comments (9)

still trying to finish this flick, i keep falling asleep, but i want to finish it!

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPablo Cortez

Hey Pablo,
I've heard that a couple times. Seems there are two reactions to this flick, falling asleep and wanting to slit your wrists.
We've enacted a one year moratorium on Von Trier films, as well made as they are...

September 22, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

A one year moratorium? Likely a good idea as Lars' newest film is his first attempt at the genre of horror, which is highly influenced by his own spiral into depression. He did work his way out of depression, which gave him the tools to make the movie. The movie is called Antichrist. I am personally scared as hell to watch it, but then again, it could shatter me to a deeper understanding of the next level.

BTW - I'm the dude that recommended Breaking The Waves. Great review guys.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLyle

Hey Lyle!
Thanks for the recommendation. It is an incredible piece of cinema.
Antichrist was playing at the Nu-Art out here, and I was THIS CLOSE to picking up tix, but went to see Paranormal Activity instead.

I'm very glad I made that choice.

November 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

I personally feel that it was cheap on the part of Trier to use the time-tested shock value of feminine depravity as the main theme. Of course, Luis Bunuel's Femme de Jour dealt with the subject, but it was quite well nuanced and u were perplexed by the proclivity for debasement. This film made me feel sick. But it was a powerful film like Luis' , haunts u for days together.

February 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertsd murthy

von Trier's Dancer In The Dark is *very* siilar to Waves in may ways. Like Waves, Dancer leaves you crying on the couch, despondent and lost, but with the assurance that all of that pain was spilled for a good purpose (you'' know it when you see it).

Also, the "documentary" like method of shooting you were describing is part of the Dogme-95 Film Pact. Dogme films, of which Waves is *almost* one (it used a musical sound that technically disqualified it, yet, it is commonly considered to be a Dogme film anyway), and of which Trier's Dogtown is the seminal work: I would *highly* recommend Dogtown be reviewed! von Trier has a deep well to reach into - you could spend many weeks at his Open Trough....


August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNonaht Leyte

Hey Nonaht!
Thanks for the comment. Just looked Dogme. How interesting. I had always applied that style of film making to the French.
I've heard great things about 'Dancer', but I still have a couple months left on my one year Von Trier moratorium. I still need to decide if I want to break that moratorium with Antichrist or Dancer...

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuan @ MYMHM

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