Groundbreaking Films Promoting Sexual Freedom

Written by Mark Rausch

Breaking the Waves (1996)

Then-newcomer Emily Watson was nominated an Oscar for Best Actress in this indie, arthouse, avant-garde film. She plays Bess, a vulnerable and childish Scottish woman whose devotion for her husband takes some unexpected and startling turns, especially when an accident threatens to drive a wedge between them. Lars von Trier, then and now one of the most divisive filmmakers in the world, challenges the audience as Bess challenges her puritanical coastal village to endure her sexual journey. One of the most powerful and controversial films about love ever made, it depicts a woman using her body to achieve a greater purpose. Decide for yourself if it’s the work of a misogynist.