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  Breaking the Waves: The Cry That Finds the Ear of the Heart

Michael Patrick Murphy

in A Theology of Criticism: Balthasar, Postmodernism, and the Catholic Imagination

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195333527
eISBN:
9780199868896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333527.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter 4 isolates several essential aspects of Balthasar's theodramatic theory and discusses how they “play” in and through Lars von Trier's dramatic film Breaking the Waves (1996), the first ... More


Sharing in What Death Reveals: Breaking the Waves

Stephen S. Bush

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter discusses two interpretations of von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996) in its treatment of violence. One interpretation concerns Bess McNeill’s sacrificial love for her husband, Jan, in ... More


Scotland as a Site of Nihilistic Sacrifice

John Marmysz

in Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474424561
eISBN:
9781474438421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424561.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In this chapter, the films The Wicker Man, Breaking the Waves, and NEDs are shown to illustrate Nietzsche’s stages of sacrifice leading toward total nihilism. These stages consist of the literal ... More


Broken by God: Breaking the Waves

James Martel

in Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190600181
eISBN:
9780190600211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600181.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, Comparative Politics

This chapter discusses how the figure of God is addressed in Breaking the Waves. In the film, Bess McNeill talks to God, while letting the audience know that God exists only via her own belief. In ... More


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