The Broken Circle Breakdown~a heart-breaking tale with Bluegrass music

The Broken Circle Breakdown is Belgium’s Oscar Submission for 2013.  A brilliant film that perfectly combines a romantic love story;  a challenging relationship between two ideologically opposed artists, with a life-changing event that may break them both!

Elise is a tattoo artist and Didier plays banjo in a bluegrass band. Playing the love-struck duo, Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh have won numerous film festival awards for their full-throttle performances. They match the intensity of the emotional-wrenching work of Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling in  Blue Valentine (2010).

The American bluegrass music is used by director,  Felix Van Groeningen to inter-cut the time-warping journey through this fraught relationship.  The cinematography and editing enable the audience to never lose sight of where we are in the story.  The music was such a big hit that the performers in the film actually toured Belgium as a band performing the songs from the film!

What a gem!  Wonderful performances: brilliantly-shot and marvelously-edited, with a complex story that will make you weep but feel grateful for the experience of this emotional journey.  The Broken Circle Brakedown is a winner. 

Rating: 5 beers

Bechdel Rating: There are only two female characters that speak but they do discuss important issues and rarely focus on the man.  A+


Johan Heldenbergh (play), Mieke Dobbels (play), 2 more credits »

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