In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's paralytic husband convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.

  1. Lars von Trier

    Author, Director

  2. Peter Asmussen


Top Billed Cast

  1. Emily Watson

    Emily Watson

    Bess McNeill

  2. Stellan Skarsgård

    Stellan Skarsgård

    Jan Nyman

  3. Katrin Cartlidge

    Katrin Cartlidge

    Dodo McNeill

  4. Jean-Marc Barr

    Jean-Marc Barr


  5. Adrian Rawlins

    Adrian Rawlins

    Dr. Richardson

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Breaking the Waves
Breaking the Waves



Status Released

Release Information

  • November 13, 1996


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language Danish

Runtime 2h 39m

Budget -

Revenue $3,803,298.00

Homepage -



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