Saturday, December 13, 2008

I Dig This Soundtrack

A few days ago I funned around with a meme that Ed tagged me for. The last item on the meme list was to feature a clip from a favorite movie. Now, I have a ton of favorite movies, so Breaking the Waves is a recent favorite. I think I saw it for the first time last year on IFC but only partially. So I rented it and have now seen about three times.

I like it in part because the story of Bess McNeill is told in film "chapters" that change with dramatic images and great songs. So I just had to buy the soundtrack CD. It arrived, used from a vendor on Amazon. Under $5 plus free shipping. Being housebound and ill, this was a bit of a bright light for me.

This is about 2o minutes in length; a sampling of my favorite songs from the CD, so I understand if you skip around the tracks or skip it altogether! And I recommend the movie highly, though it's not for the faint-of-heart.


  1. [Pop-open Comment Threads! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Thank you, PS! :-D]


    I meant to say something on that meme thread, about YOUR choice of Breaking the Waves (but natch, I got so self-absorbed in my own list, I forgot. :-/)

    I've only seen the movie once (and I have it on tape, but I haven't watched it).

    Right after it came out, I became SO obsessed by it (via reviews), that I had my then-husband and I make a special trip, from podunk Central PA, to Washington DC, so I could see it (Well, it WAS my birthday, and we did do other stuff in DC while there! Only I went to the movie, however.)

    Two things I recall from it:

    1) When I wasn't watching through my fingers, my jaw was usually on the floor (Movies are often described as "shattering", but in THIS case, it's actually true)

    2) About 3/4ths of the way through this (long) movie---at a certain point (I'll just say the words "That Ship", for those who've seen it), about a dozen people or more walked out. 3 hours in! :-0

    I understand why (Heaven knows, a part of me *wanted* to walk out, too). But at the same time, I couldn't IMAGINE walking out on that movie, all the same!

    I'm so glad I didn't walk out, or I would have missed the stunning conclusion...

    ...but still, I've never been able to bring myself to watch my tape. ;-/

    [Emily Watson is a Goddess!]

    Thanks for that reminder Gina, below, for those wonderful chapter headings (You can really tell the director---name escapes me---is a painter, can't you?). I look forward to hearing the music now...

  2. Emily Watson went to the top of my list fast after I saw that movie. Hillary & Jackie is another good film starring EW.

    I have a thing for "shattering" movies, I guess. It's interesting because in life, I try to avoid too much drama.

    Thanks, J, for taking the time to comment on such a self-centered post. ;-)

  3. And, yes. Thanks to Doug aka Counterlight, your wish has been granted!


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