The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgian drama, based on a stageplay, "about passion, parenthood, sorrow and joy". Follows Elise and Didier, two unconventional star-crossed lovers who fall for each other despite their differences. Audience Award winner at Berlin Film Festival and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a free-spirited realist.

 Told over a number of years, the couple make a life together in a country farmhouse, begin a bluegrass band and raise a daughter, Maybelle. But when an unexpected tragedy arrives, their love is tested...

Winner of Label Europa Cinemas Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival 2013.
2012Rating: M111 minsBelgiumFlemish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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The Broken Circle Breakdown / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines.

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Total Film

Total Film

Van Groeningen blends the happiness and tragedy of life like a master alchemist, using music as an emotional life-raft, which is just as well: the bleak final third will test the hardiest of souls.

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Time Out

Time Out

When the narrative gets bogged down with science-versus-religion ranting, yet you're still left with a movie a little too reliant on playing clawhammer on your heartstrings.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

After a while, the temporal shuffling feels more programmatic than revelatory and increasingly false.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

I'm afraid I couldn't quite see past the oddness of its conceit: to redo Blue Valentine with songs.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Plot contrivances aside, it's easy to see why this Belgian drama, powerfully sound-tracked by bluegrass tunes, has seduced festival crowds.

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