Breaking the Waves Movie Write Up

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Soren Kierkegaard’s philosophy on the three movements to faith establishes itself as a recurring and major theme throughout the movie, “Breaking the Waves”. Without the knowledge of Kierkegaard’s philosophy, the average viewer would most likely miss the significance and understanding of what truly goes on. The underlying philosophy shines light on particular instances, which generates a better understanding of each character’s individual decision-making. In order to understand the movie in its entirety, one must first attempt to understand Kierkegaard’s three movements to faith. The first movement to faith is a commitment or appropriation to a singular wish. In this stage, a person loves someone to the point where they always want to be around that one person no matter what the circumstances are. The person wishes and prays in every case that no matter what happens, they can still be physically and finitely connected to that person in each other’s lifetime. In the case of the movie, the audience is shown the main character named Bess, whose singular wish to God is to fall mutually in love with a man. After she marries this man, she wants nothing else but to always be in direct contact with her husband, Jan. The audience is shown this with a scene in the movie that depicts Bess screaming and running up to Jan just before he is about to board the helicopter to return back to work. She never wanted to let him go and she explains this to God in multiple conversations. She complains over and over again that she loves Jan and she wants to be with him all of the time. She stubbornly ignores the suggestions from her sister and God to endure Jan at times when he is away. This is in direct correlation to Kierkegaard’s philosophy on the first stage. The love that Bess presents in the film goes above and beyond any other type of love. The audience sees later…...

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