Breaking the Waves (1996, 159 min.). One of von Trier’s most critically acclaimed works, the film Breaking the Waves examines marriage, love, guilt, and spirituality. An industrial accident leaves Bess’s husband Jan paralyzed. As Jan’s condition deteriorates, he urges Bess (the Oscar-nominated Emily Watson)to pursue other sexual relationships. Despite her unwillingness to be with other men, Bess believes this is God’s will and the only chance of saving Jan’s life.