From controversial director Lars von Trier comes a story set in the outskirts of Scotland, where Bess, a naive young woman, falls in love with and marries a handsome oil rig worker, Jan. Soon, an unfortunate work accident cripples Jan for life, which shatters Bess’ world completely. Now that Jan and Bess are not able to have sex, Jan insists that Bess should take lovers on the side. First, Bess protests this strongly, but as Jan insists, eventually Bess accepts this proposal out of her love to Jan. This leads Bess into a dark odyssey and, inevitably, an unspeakable tragedy…
With a back-story (almost) as singular as his films, Danish director Lars von Trier was one of the most exceptional filmmakers to burst onto the international film scene in the 1990s. Unapologetically confident in his artistry and an unabashed provocateur, von Trier could kick up a fuss about his behavior, but his stylistic brio, extreme narratives, and ability with actors prevented such films as Zentropa (1991), The Kingdom (1994), Breaking the Waves (1996), and Dancer in the Dark (2000) from being eclipsed by their creator. Even as he openly sought a larger audience by making films in English, von Trier’s success helped resurrect Scandinavian cinema’s international prominence; his intense fear of flying ensured he’d never “go Hollywood.”
Raised by his radical, nudist Communist parents in an unconventional environment where, as von Trier once put it, everything was permitted except “feelings, religion and enjoyment,” von Trier blossomed into a neurotic, left-wing, movie-loving… read more
Ce film est comparable à Dancer in the Dark a bien des niveaux, Emily Watson livre une performance époustouflante (tel Björk dans Dancer). Elle est totalement Bess dans ce film, elle n'est plus Emily! Le film sombre tranquillement, tout au long du film, vers le noir pour finir dans le blanc. Pas mon préféré, mais bravo encore M. Trier.
This is a film that can never leave me, however uncomfortable and traumatized I felt after watching it. Lars Von Triers’ distinguished style is so seductive that I can barely keep… read review
Extremely moving and thought-provoking.Emily Watson’s performance was fantastic.The direction was very good in some parts,although the on hand-held camera is a bit annoying.Overall I like it,but I… read review