- Information at Internet Movie Database
- Looking Closer, review by Jeffrey Overstreet, "searching for truth, beauty and meaning in the movies."
- Coming out of Jan and Bess's wedding, one of Jan's friends looks to one of the church's elders and asks why they aren't ringing the bells. The reply: This church doesn't have bells. [A line to remember when you get to the end of the movie, BTW]. The wedding reception is an interesting contrast between the celebration that we expect to go with a wedding, and the dour, lifelessness of the church folk. One of the reasons I'm so enthralled with this film is that it makes the church look so solemn and lifeless (and graceless, tto, for that matter). I know the church isn't anywhere near as bad as it's portrayed, but often, it's only a matter of degree -- and that hurts. David dancing before the ark gives us a glimpse at what it means to be in God's presence and to understand what it means to be in covenant with one so gracious as to be in covenant with us. (submitted by Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Female Christ Figures, Crucifixion
- The director of Breaking the Waves, Lars Von Trier, intentionally created a Christ figure in Bess. In a culture in which a shameful death - as in a 1st century crucifixion - has little meaning, he found a way to portray an innocent, intentionally enduring suffering and death, in order to save the one she loves. (submitted by Anita Milne, Leechburg, PA)
- Love, Grace, Judgment
- Father Andrew M Greeley's "Homily" for the Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 9, 1997) draws from Lars Von Triers Cannes prize winning film "Breaking the Waves" in connection with John 3:14-21. He quotes Roger Ebert's comment on the film: "God not only knows everything, but he understands a lot better than we give him credit for." (submitted by R.J. Stohler)
- What if your Faithful love to your signifant other led you to become sexually unfaithful? Faith that is ready to sacrifice EVERYTHING for the wellbeing of the loved one. Is this love or an obsession?...
- There are fascinating scene in which Bess carries on conversations with God. Bess talks, and then God talks through Bess's voice. God scolds her, God comforts her. Is she crazy, is she projecting, or is that really God talking? (submitted by Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Sacrificial Death
- Bess goes to a ship none of the prostitutes will go
to, knowing that the men there are extremely violent and they are
angry with her. It will be bad and is, but by her death Jan is
healed. (submitted by Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)
- Bess goes to a ship none of the prostitutes will go to, knowing that the men there are extremely violent and they are angry with her. It will be bad and is, but by her death Jan is healed. (submitted by Darrel Manson, Artesia CA)