Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band and lives in a caravan in the Belgian countryside. Elise owns her own tattoo parlour. This film accompanies Elise and Didier on their rollercoaster ride through life.
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A film about passion within a relationship, within their love of their music, within the tragedy of the story that unfolds. The Broken Circle Breakdown may well be the movie find of the year that has had the most profound impact to me; for it is raw, real and connected and within its darkest colour hues there is such a bright light shining out. I cannot recommend it enough.
"I always knew. That it was too good to be true. That it couldn't last. That life isn't like that, life isn't generous. You mustn't love someone. You mustn't become attached to someone. Life begrudges you that. It takes everything away from you and it laughs in your face. It betrays you."
I thought that this was a damn good movie. The two main characters were both beautifully conceived and performed. I know many will disagree but I think this was actually much better than Blue Valentine, the film that is often compared to. Much more emotional and the ending (which made me cry like a baby) actually offers some form of redemption without useless cynicism. One of the best films of 2013 for sure!
Words used during three different Tribeca screenings I attended: beautiful, devastating, flawless, masterpiece, shattering. It won both best screenplay and best actress at TFF and several screenings were added after the first few because the audience reception was so strong. The use of the performed music to parallel the leads' relationship with non-linear editing is torturously engrossing. Beautifully shot.
The DVD box said this was a bluegrass love movie and didn't even say it was in Flemish, so I guess they were hoping people would be tricked into watching it because it is actually about that their little child has cancer. I did not want to see a Flemish cancer movie, what a ripoff. MUBI should change the synopsis/screenshot, it is not their job to sell this dismal thing. I enjoy a good tragedy but this is depressing.
Last month, Belgium has nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown as its candidate for best foreign language film for the 2014 Oscars. It's a powerful emotional roller-coaster told through a great blend of subtitled dialogue, beautiful music and personal art. Highly recommended. 4/5