In bed with Jan, making love to him, she breathlessly gasps “thank you, thank you,” thanking God/Jan again for the bliss of the body. As aptly observed by Loughlin, Bess’s relationship with Jan is always part of her relationship with God, the form that her loving God takes in her life

Ilana Shiloh, Sex and Divinity: Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves and Flannery O’Connor’s “A Temple of the Holy Ghost”

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