Sunday, October 29, 2006

02. Emily Watson as Bess McNeill in Breaking the Waves.

I can’t say I liked this film. Ok, to be honest, I absolutely, 100% loathed it. I wanted, so often, to shut this pretentious, self-important, demoralizing piece of turd off. Except I didn’t, and for one thing: Watson’s performance. As the unbalanced Bess, a woman deeply devoted to her husband and her religion, she makes one of the most memorable debuts in film history, and breaks my heart completely. Veterans, you should be ashamed that someone so new on the scene could do so, so much, with her eyes, playing the naivety… Her performance is what kept me watching this film, through all the unsettling scenes and sour plot developments. She has all kinds of scenes, including some that are even funny, but throughout, she is the model of sweetness, showing that her pureness is at the core of all her doings (remember the rabbit scene?). Emily’s sincere, gut-wrenching, and utterly transcendent performance will go down in my books as one of the greatest of all times.

32 comments:

Luke said...

I wonder who's number one... :P

Emma said...

Peter Crouch as sexy teenager in His School Days. Yep.

Luke said...

That doesn't surprise me.

I like the predictions, by the way. I'll pretend that you forgot about Natalie. *Winks*

Emma said...

Natalie? Natalie who? :{

Luke said...

Don't go there. *Gives evil looks.*

I like Labour/Blair, too. Down with the Tories! :D

Emma said...

Good! But in Gov & pol, don't you learn everything in a "balanced" way? :P

I forgot to ask you, what did you take for GCSE? (excluding all the compulsories.)

Luke said...

Yes, good point. We're not really allowed an opinion. Not in the exam, anyway. :(

Geography, Media Studies and Food Technology (ew). We were only given three options, and were made to do the other nine. I had to do a technology, which made it even worse. The year below us got more choice, though, and they didn't have to do a lanuage OR a technology. School sucks.

What about you?

P.S. I love Britney.

Emma said...

Well, we had the compulsories, and then had 3 to pick, and a technology (which yes, freaking sucked.) Language wasn't compulsory, but most of the girls in my year did them. Because we're sad like that. My options were Spanish, History, Drama, and my D.T. was Graphics (worst option ever.)

Apparently good tech was easy! Loads of girls in my year got A without revising.

Emma said...

Damn. I meant food tech. Not "good."

Luke said...

Haha! I was predicted an A, but got a B. I kind of made my recipe up on the day... Oh well! Don't you hate it when you find out you were close to the higher grade? My Media teacher told me I was one mark off an A*, but didn't bother sending it in for remarking. Stupid bitch.

Emma said...

Well, I can only imagine I was a few marks off an A* for English Lit, but I was never told... bleh.

Still, I'm not complaining. I bet I was a mark away from a B for Drama, so I'm more than content with an A.

I'm surprised you didn't take Drama! Us film lovers should all learn to act!

Luke said...

I haven't spoken to my English teacher since I left. I really should. She was lovely.

It was so close between Media, Music and Drama! I didn't take Drama because I seriously, seriously cannot act, unfortunately. Media edged it because I had enough of music at home. I'd have liked to have done all three, though, and would've dropped French and Tech. Grr!

Oh, what rating would you give Capote? Your review isn't on IMDb, so I can't transfer your grade. I assume it's five stars, but I wanted to check.

Emma said...

My English teacher was beyond nice too! But I see her everyday because my school's from year 7-13. :D

I actually wish I'd taken Music instead of Drama. halfway through the Drama course I just went into a cold patch. Meh.

Anywayz, Capote: *****. Masterpiece.

Luke said...

Good choice! I've taken all the 2005 and 06 reviews you've written, and the others will be used as the database of reviews gradually increases to include any films.

What are you up to now?

Emma said...

Well, my parents have gone to some dinner party so I'm half-babysitting my brother, which is why I'm not on MSN (he reads the convos over my shoulder and repeats the swearwords to my mother. Damn.), half-doing Spanish homework, and also browsing some Spanish blogs to try and practice my reading skills. it's definitely my hardest AS.

How are all your subjects?

Luke said...

They're good, though I don't want to go back tomorrow. Psychology is boring and, frankly, piss easy. Gov & Pol is very interesting. My favourite subject. English Lit is meh. Shakespeare is good but the novel is truly shit beyond belief. And it won't the Whitbread Award. :| Film Studies is good. I handed in my first piece of coursework before half term, so we should get that back tomorrow, and we're seeing Volver (yay! Penelope!) in a few days. I get the feeling that my teacher doesn't like me, though, since I shout out all the answers and know more than him.

How about yours?

P.S. Where is your IMDb profile???

Luke said...

"Won", not "won't".

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Emma said...

And I bet you DO know more than your teacher! They really can't stand to be wrong, can they? Tut tut.

Luke said...

I wouldn't be able to hack it with the subjects you're doing. No way.

Yes! I like looking at your top eighty and other bits. Why get rid of it if you have no reason? Lol.

I'm so bored that I might have to watch the Greatest Ever Scary Movies at ten. It's on Five. That says it all. It'll probably be crap, but I'm a sucker for film clip shows. I'll probably get scared, too, knowing me.

P.S. I'm going to Hollywood on a Film Studies trip! Well, should be...

Luke said...

I like to think so! :D

Luke said...

Oopsie, it's on at nine. Stupid clocks.

Emma said...

Just felt like it. I think I was in a particularly grouchy mood that day, and just lashed out on IMDb.

Five... tut... tut... but actually, it is quite a nice base for guilty pleasure TV. Indeed.

And you're going to Hollywood? OMG. I'm going up to London for Spanish. Tuh.

Emma said...

It starts in 5 minutes then. Better go watch it now.

Five. Teehee

Luke said...

Hehe! Speak to you soon. Enjoy your first day back at college!

Emma said...

You too! Bye!!!

DL said...

Yupp. Quite possibly the greatest performance of all time. Couldn't agree more.

I also think that Breaking the Waves is the best film of 1996. But I don't think this is the right blog to be discussing that at.

Anonymous said...

Emma, you're a goddess! We share the exact same thoughts on the movie and Watson's performance. It's the best performance I've ever seen. Simply phenomenal.

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