Director: Felix van Groeningen
Language: Flemish & English with subtitles
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
Awards: 16, including “Audience Choice” Berlin, “Best Foreign Language Film” Palm Springs and Washington DC Critics Association.
Rating 18A. Coarse Language, Sexual Content
The Broken Circle Breakdown takes what could have been a melodramatic, cliché-ridden story and turns it into a compassionate portrait of human beings coping with the impact of great tragedy while lacing it with joy, humour, and some of the best bluegrass music this side of the Appalachia. And it’s set in Belgium! 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 and their beliefs are put to a severe test.
“A potent blend of true love, tragic illness and bluegrass music…plenty of joy to offset the sorrow.” – Chicago Sun Times
“It’s a thrill to see a film in which the makers really go for it: musically, dramatically, politically.” Sydney Morning Herald
“The two leads bring enormous warmth and integrity to their roles.” – The Hollywood Reporter
The Planning Process
by Annika & Lydia Dyck
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