The Broken Circle Breakdown

A dash of American Country-style tunes / culture enrapture two singers as they gradually fall in love with each other. Belgium director Felix van Groeningen fleshes out the chaotic passion between a man and a woman seeking to start over in the land of dreamers in his latest work The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Official synopsis and film details can be read as follows:

“THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN tells the love story between Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop, he plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed in her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground.

Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born. Unfortunately, Maybelle, at six years old, becomes seriously ill. Didier and Elise respond in very different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice. Didier and Elise will have to fight for her together.

Will you get through something like that if you are so different? Or will love let you down if you need it most?

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. About how love can conquer fate, and sometimes not…

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is the new film by Felix van Groeningen. The film is based on the theatre play with the same name by Johan Heldenbergh, with which he filled all manner of church halls, public houses and cultural centres.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is van Groeningen’s fourth full-length film after Steve+Sky (2004), With Friends Like These (2007) and The Misfortunates (2009). This latest film also gave Felix international recognition after it was selected in Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 2009). The film was the Flemish movie hit of 2009 – 2010 (465,000 visitors) and won several prizes and nominations, both nationally and internationally. The visitor numbers in France and the Netherlands were particularly noteworthy.

THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN is a production by Menuet. It is van Groeningen’s fourth collaboration with producer Dirk Impens. The film is distributed by Kinepolis Film Distribution and is expected in theatres on 10 October 2012.”

Check out how the BREAKDOWN unfurls down in the trailer below.

The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012