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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Title: The Broken Circle Breakdown
AKA: The Broken Circle
Year: 2012
Original title: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
Country: Belgium | Netherlands
Language: Flemish | English
Subtitles: English | French (.srt)
Genre: Drama

Director: Felix Van Groeningen

Veerle Baetens … Elise Vandevelde
Johan Heldenbergh … Didier Bontinck
Nell Cattrysse … Maybelle
Geert Van Rampelberg … William
Nils De Caster … Jock
Robbie Cleiren … Jimmy
Bert Huysentruyt … Jef
Jan Bijvoet … Koen
Blanka Heirman … Denise

Plot / Synopsis

Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band, lives in a caravan in the Belgian countryside and idolises America as the ‘land of the free’. Elise owns her own tattoo parlour. Her body is plastered with images – little mementos of past lovers whose names have been carefully covered up by new tattoos. Before long their two lives are closely intertwined. Elise sings in Didier’s band and they soon have a daughter together, little Maybelle, with whom they move into a lovingly if unconventionally restored country house. This film accompanies Elise and Didier on their rollercoaster ride through life; through days filled with their love of music and their mutual passion. Based on the stage play by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, director Felix van Groeningen portrays various episodes in Elise and Didier’s story. The film’s barn-stomping blue grass concert footage and enthralling love story are delightfully reminiscent of the grand old days of American country music. ~ berlinale

Homepage: http://www.thebrokencirclebreakdown.be/


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