Friday, February 27, 2009

Storytime with Lars

Lars von Trier isn't known for giving his characters an easy way out, or his viewers an easy way in. All the same he's a master storyteller, capable of twisting emotions out of the most tightly constructed and savage of plot turns. These chapters from his immaculate and bleak Breaking the Waves sum up the film's expansive yet simple plot perfectly, as they sum up much of Lars von Trier's work. There's hope, beauty, glorious possibility... followed by that subtle sting of emotional desecration. Pull up a seat, kids.

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