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Breaking the Waves (1996) Poster

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Helena Bonham Carter was originally cast in the role of Bess. One of the reasons she turned it down was because of the sex content, arguing she didn't feel comfortable enough with her body at that age.
The first film in Lars von Trier's "Golden Heart" trilogy in which the heroines remain naïve despite their actions. The two other parts are Idioterne (1998) and Dancer in the Dark (2000).
The person being buried is called Anthony Dod Mantle. This is a reference to Lars von Trier's favorite cinematographer - Anthony Dod Mantle - who served as a location scout in the movie.
Was #7 on Roger Ebert 's list of the Best Films of 1990s.
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Was #2 on Roger Ebert 's list of the Best Films of 1996.
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Was #6 on Martin Scorsese 's list of the Best Films of 1990s.
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Was #3 on Gene Siskel 's list of the Best Films of 1996.
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Barbara Sukowa was attached to this project at one stage.
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In a 2005 interview by Swedish journalist Stina Dabrowski, Von Trier said the following about the film (translated from original danish): "I was determined to write a story that was so far-fetched and so full of clichés that no one could take it seriously, but of course the audience liked it. All you have to do is come up with something really stupid, and it will become a great success."
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Theatrical film debut of Emily Watson. She received an Oscar nomination for her role in this film.
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