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These are both depressing. The Bicycle Thief is actually less depressing, even though it doesn't have an happy ending. I'm not really sure what to say about the ending of Breaking the Waves... On one hand I find it ridiculous and cheesy, and on the other I find it... well, I just don't know. I guess the stick-up-their-ass church elders got overruled. Lars von Trier is such a bastard because he makes these movies that piss me off, yet I can't help but liking them. Emily Watson sure is lovable.
They are both quite depressing. I don't think I could ever sit down and watch Breaking the Waves again but I would definitely give The Bicycle Thief another go.
The Bicycle Thief is definitely easier to get through, but it's not at all provocative. I mean, it doesn't linger in my mind much after watching it. Lars von Trier films tend to make a stronger impression. With Dogville or Dancer in the Dark or Breaking the Waves... really any of his films, I feel much more engaged. Partially, at least, because I'm agitated. But mostly in a good way. The Bicycle Thief is a pleasant story with a likable enough character who gets a raw deal. Breaking the Waves is a torturous story about a likable character who does some crazy things, but I find it more entertaining. Even with the ridiculous ending. But that's just me.
on Apr 18
I really,i mean...REALLY got depressed with "The Bicycle Thief". I really have to put another flick on. Quickly.