The Broken Circle Breakdown

Dir.: Felix Van Groeningen | Netherlands, Belgium 2012 | 100 min

The fact that a film has been a great hit in its home country is far from being a guarantee that it will also work anywhere else. But fortunately, there are exceptions, like 'The Intouchables' - and this succinct Belgian drama has similar qualities and potential, even though the potent ingredients here are love, grief, friendship, sex and bluegrass. You cry, laugh and get swept away by the story, which starts off with a blow, when a six-year-old girl is diagnosed with incurable cancer. However, the film is about the girl's parents, their turbulent relationship with both ups and down, and their spellbinding joie de vivre. He is a scraggy-bearded cowboy and lead singer of a band, she is a headstrong tattoo artist who becomes a member of the band. Infatuation, relationship, pregnancy, the first years with the daughter and their lives during seven years are told with elegant leaps forward and backward in time. And with the gripping performances by Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh in the lead roles, we are with them all the way. The film deservedly won the audience award at this year's Berlin Film Festival.

Original Title
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Country
Netherlands, Belgium
Release Year
2012
Duration
100 min.
Directors
Felix Van Groeningen
Producer
Dirk Impens
Script
Cast
Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Nell Cattrysse
Camera
Ruben Impens
Sound
Michel Schöpping
Editor
Nico Leunen
Music
Bjorn Eriksson
Production Company
Menuet
Version
Dialogue: Flemish English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
5
Sighs
7
Laughs
6
Look
5
Food for thought
3