Emily Watson received her first Oscar nomination for playing Bess McNeill in Breaking The Waves.
Breaking The Waves is a strangely interesting film about Bess, Jan, and their love for each other. The two marry, he leaves to work on an oil rig, gets hurt, and this sets our tragic story into motion.
Bess is deeply religious, loving, and naive young girl. Once she meets and marries Jan, her love becomes immense. Her life revolves around how she can please Jan. Emily Watson portrays Bess's love unconditionally and beautifully.
Once Jan asks her to have sex with different men then come back and tell him about it, it becomes almost unbearable to watch, as poor, naive, innocent Bess begins to humiliate herself.
It's shocking and like I said, almost unbearable to watch, but Emily Watson's performance is brave and looks effortless. She always makes Bess a pitiful presence.
It's also great that Watson has many incredible scenes. Every scene is perfectly laid out by Watson, and she carries them with Bess's unthinkable logic and love, perfectfully.
Emily Watson as Bess is one of most outstanding performances ever, because she never seems forced or fake as she explores the mind and logic of Bess. Unbearable to witness, but always incredible.