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The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium | 2013 | 100 minutes | Felix van Groeningen

Set to a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, tattooist Elise and America-obsessed cowboy Didier fall in love, only to later have their happiness tested when their daughter falls ill. Based on the play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels.

May 19, 2013
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Elise and Didier's relationship is wild and passionate. She owns a tattoo shop in a little Belgian town and uses her body as a canvas, each tattoo covering up a little memento of a past lover. He plays the banjo in a bluegrass band and idealizes America. They meet, fall in love and have a daughter. But when little Maybelle becomes seriously sick, their relationship starts unraveling. In this perfectly constructed drama, flashbacks and flash-forwards are intertwined with an impressive fluidity, juxtaposing the ups and downs of Elise (the marvelous Veerle Baetens) and Didier's (Johan Heldenberg) love story. After revealing Maybelle's fatal disease, director Felix Van Groeningen rapidly takes us back through the couple's happiest moments, inserting quick glimpses of the heartbreaking hospital visits and aftermath. But the most remarkable asset of the film is the fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, composed by Bjorn Eriksson, which turns this poignant love story into a truly haunting film.

Director Biography

Felix Van Groeningen has written and directed plays with Ghent’s theater group Kung Fu and has directed four features, all in collaboration with producer Dirk Impens (Menuet). Felix’s film The Misfortunates received international attention after making its world premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Principal Cast: Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Nell Cattrysse
Country: Belgium
Year: 2013
Running Time: 100 minutes
Producer: Dirk Impens
Screenplay: Felix van Groeningen, Carl Joos
Cinematographers: Ruben Impens
Editors: Nico Leunen
Music: Bjorn Eriksson
Website: http://www.thebrokencirclebreakdown.be/en
Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award, Label Europa Cinemas)
Filmography: The Misfortunates (2009); With Friends Like These (2007)
Language: Dutch
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Tribeca Film
International Sales: The Match Factory
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