The Broken Circle Breakdown

Life is NOT generous


The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He’s a romantic atheist, she’s a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial. A touching and moving tale of passionate love between two outsiders, the drama slips between the couple’s first intense encounters and their later fight against the illness that threatens their daughter Maybelle. He is the embodiment of the true artisan, a bearded wild man living off the land, obsessed with Americana; she is a tattooed vixen, wild and free spirited; they meet in their bluegrass band, singing oldfashioned songs about this world and the next to the accompaniment of violins, banjo and slide guitar.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Writers: Johan Heldenbergh, Mieke Dobbels, Carl Joos, Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch
Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse