Medium Level Sex Scenes, Adult Themes

Film synopsis

A naive woman living in a remote Calvinist community on the Scottish coast, Bess (Emily Watson in a stunning debut) flaunts the will of the town’s austere churchmen to marry Jan, a lusty Swede working in a nearby offshore oil rig. Her purity is put to the ultimate test when Jan is crippled in an accident and she agrees to continue their love-making vicariously through other men. Pilloried as a harlot, Bess is committed to the asylum; but not before she seeks Jan’s recovery through one final act of faith. Captured through Robby Mueller’s (Paris, Texas) raw, relentless hand-held camera, this triumphant tale of tragedy, faith and redemption – the first in Von Trier’s “Golden Heart” trilogy on saintly heroines book-ended by Dancer in the Dark – is a cinematic tour de force.

Running time

154 Minutes

Year of production



Emily Watson
Stellan Skarsgård
Katrin Cartlidge


Lars von Trier


Axel Helgeland, Peter Aalbæk Jensen, Lars Jönsson, Rob Langestraat, Marianne Slot, Peter van Vogelpoel, Vibeke Windeløv,



Available formats

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