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Directed by Felix van Groeningen

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN

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Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

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Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage — but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order.

Film Information
Year: 2012
Length: 112 minutes
Language: Dutch
Country: Netherlands Belgium
Premiere: North American
Cast & Credits
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Screenwriter: Carl Joos and Felix van Groeningen
Producer: Dirk Impens
Editor: Nico Leunen
Cinematographer: Ruben Impens
Composer: The Broken Circle Breakdown Band
Co-Producer: Topkapi Films
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg, Nils De Caster, Robby Cleiren
About the Director(s)
FELIX VAN GROENINGEN graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium. His 2009 film The Misfortunates was a Flemish hit and won the Istanbul Film Festival’s Golden Tulip. He has written and directed plays with the Ghent theatre group Kung Fu. All four of his features have been collaborations with producer Dirk Impens.
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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE, BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"Four stars! Ecstatic viewing... this year's Once." - New York Post

"A brilliant heartbreaker... a cross between Walk the Line and Blue Valentine." - Yahoo! Movies

"Four stars! One of the finest final scenes in a movie this year... if there were any justice, Veerle Baetens would break out as an international star." - New York Daily News

"Grade: A-. Impeccably performed... the closing minutes mark the strongest instance of a climactic music sequence since All That Jazz." – Indiewire

"8.9/10. A superb tearjerker, juxtaposing the inherent passion and sorrow of romance to masterful effect in between bluegrass ballads. The Broken Circle Breakdown restores unto melodrama its good name." – Film.com

"Four stars! A tough, vital, electrifying film...[featuring] two of the most moving performances of the year." – The Telegraph

"A rich, raw, heartache of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith and music." - RoberEbert.com

"A film that will likely stick with you long after the credits roll." - The AV Club

"Belgium's submission for the 2014 foreign language film Oscar is a powerful and haunting tale of love, death and bluegrass — a mournful song played on a broken instrument, with striking visual accompaniment." – The Observer

"An immaculately observed story of love, loss and bluegrass music." - The Playlist

"Something of a miracle." - Twitch

Winner, Best Actress, Best Screenplay, Tribeca Film Festival

Winner, Panorama Audience Award, Berlin International Film Festival

Winner, Best Film, Best Actress, Best Director, Ensor Awards of Flemish Cinema

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