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Breaking the Waves

Lars Von Trier's astounding love story is like open-heart surgery without anaesthetic, only more painful. Emily Watson gives a performance that burns the eyes as Bess, whose blissful marriage is capsized by tragedy. Try to be brave now.

On release

Brassed Off

And after that, cheer yourself up with this splendid, biting comedy about a colliery band facing extinction.

On release

Bunuel Triple Bill

Belle de Jour, Tristana and The Milky Way - a day of wicked provocation.

Mon, Everyman Cinema, London NW3 (0171-435 1525)

Volcano! Film Festival

As the London Film Festival kicks off in the West End, why not try your luck with the more idiosyncratic Volcano! festival, comprising underground work from all over the world. Computer animation, horror, musicals - there's something for everyone with a little adventure inside them.

8 to 23 Nov, various London venues (info: 0171-209 4868)

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