Bess (Emily Watson) is a borderline retarded woman living on the coast of Scotland in Breaking the Waves (1996). But something's rotten in kilt-central. The town's oppressive religious guilt and the death of her brother leave Bess recovering from a mental breakdown. Enter Jan (Stellan Skarsgård), an oil-rig worker who knows a good thing when he sees it. He marries Bess and teaches her the ABCs of sex, but poor Bess can't catch a break. Jan has an accident and winds up paralyzed from the neck down. While Bess prays for her husband to recover, Jan has a bright idea: She should sleep with other guys and tell him all about it. Even medicated, this guy's firing on all cylinders. No wonder he played a scholar in Good Will Hunting (1998)!