Directed by: Lars Von Trier. One nice thing about this movie is that it’s the first Von Trier film I’ve seen without any rape in it—ohhh, spoke too soon. Well, we don’t expect roses and sunshine when we watch a Lars Von Trier film, do we? I’ve seen three of his films before—Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist—and this is certainly more in line with Dancer than the others—they are in the same thematic “trilogy”, as I later read. I’m tempted to say that Breaking the Waves is a bit…brighter, shall we say, than his other films, even brighter overall than Dancer, with its Bjork singalongs. Of course, in this context, “brighter” means “less utterly dark.” Breaking the Waves isn’t too despairing, doesn’t make you feel like life in general is too awful to go on living, like some of Von Trier’s other films can be. I always generally appreciate Von Trier films, even if they’re not exactly fun to watch, they’re always really interesting, and they’re usually a great showcase for their actors. Emily Watson in this movie is absolutely amazing, and Stellan Skarsgård is amazing, as always. This is a good movie to watch alone, not so much fun for a movie night with friends.