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The Broken Circle Breakdown
updated: Feb 08, 2014, 9:30 AM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Directed by Felix van Groeningen
Run time: 111 min.
Belgium, Netherlands | subtitled
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Synopsis: 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. This film is an Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Lobero Theatre was packed on Thursday afternoon as this film premiered and took the viewer on an emotional roller coaster. Which isn't a bad thing if you don't mind shedding a tear next to hundreds of strangers. It took place between 1999-2006, moving backwards and forwards through various time frames. It was a bit confusing and hard to determine where the characters were and what had/had not happened through each scene. The actors were fantastic and were able to show tremendous range with the characters' love for one another and anger/heartbreak over their daughter's illness.

In my opinion the best part of the film was the music. The bluegrass songs and performances were outstanding. After the film was over, director Felix van Groeningen explained that the lead actor learned the play the banjo for this role.

The final showing for this film is at 7pm on Saturday, February 8th at the Lobero Theatre. -LB

 

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