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6,893 Ratings

Breaking the Waves

Directed by Lars von Trier
Denmark, France, 1996
Drama, History


In the outskirts of Scotland, Bess, a religious young woman, falls in love with and marries a handsome oil rig worker. Soon, an unfortunate work accident cripples him for life, which shatters Bess’s world completely, especially when he encourages her to take on other lovers.

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Breaking the Waves Directed by Lars von Trier

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1996 | Winner: Grand Prize of the Jury

1996 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Independent Spirit Awards

1997 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival



1996 | 2nd place: Metro Media Award

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