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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)
 (บรรยายอังกฤษ)
 
   
 

Director:Felix Van Groeningen Writter:Felix Van Groeningen  Running time:111 minutes Country:Belgium Language:Dutch

Genre:Drama,Music,Romance  Subtitle:English  Starring:Veerle Baetens as Elise Vandevelde, Johan Heldenbergh as Didier Bontinck,
Nell Cattrysse as Maybelle
, Geert Van Rampelberg as William, Nils De Caster as Jock, Robbie Cleiren as Jimmy,
Bert Huysentruyt as Jef
, Jan Bijvoet as Koen, Blanka Heirman as Denise

 

 

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รางวัล 8 wins & 13 nominations.

 

   

Berlin International Film Festival 2013

Won
Label Europa Cinemas
Felix Van Groeningen 

Felix van Groeningen is a real filmmaker. This is a beautiful and original way of looking at a ... More

Won
Panorama Audience Award
Fiction Film
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

CPH:PIX 2013

Won
Politiken''s Audience Award
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

European Film Awards 2013

Nominated
Audience Award
Felix Van Groeningen 
Nominated
European Film Award
Best Film
Felix Van Groeningen (director) 
Dirk Impens (producer) 
Best Director
Felix Van Groeningen 
Best Actress
Veerle Baetens 
Best Actor
Johan Heldenbergh 
Best Screenwriter
Felix Van Groeningen 
Carl Joos 
 

Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival 2013

Won
Golden Dolphin
Best Film
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Hawaii International Film Festival 2013

Won
EuroCinema Hawai''i Award
Best Film
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Audience Award
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Norwegian International Film Festival 2013

Won
Audience Award
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Palic Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Golden Tower
Best Film
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Satellite Awards 2014

Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Motion Picture, International Film
 
Belguim
 

Sydney Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Official Competition Award
Best Film
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Audience Award
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Won
Best Actress
Narrative Feature
Veerle Baetens 

We''ve selected a woman who shows herself to be a totally committed and fiercely versatile actress. ... More

Won
Best Screenplay
Narrative Feature
Carl Joos 
Felix Van Groeningen 

The Broken Circle Breakdown is a true original, starting with the eclectic ingredients in its ... More

Nominated
Best Narrative Feature
Felix Van Groeningen 
 

Vancouver International Film Festival 2013

Nominated
Most Popular Film
Felix Van Groeningen 

 

 

 



The Broken Circle Breakdown is a 2012 Belgian drama film directed by Felix Van Groeningen. It was nominated for the 2013 Lux Prize. Based on the play written by Johan Heldenbergh, it features its writer in the main character of Didier and actress/singer Veerle Baetens as his wife Elise. Young newcomer Nell Cattryss plays their ill daughter Maybelle. The film has been selected as the Belgian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.



Storyline

Elise and Didier 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.
 


 

User Reviews
Film seems chronologically challenged, but works out very well after all and offers perfect drama

12 October 2012 | by JvH48 (Amersfoort, The Netherlands)
This was the openingsfilm of the Ghent filmfestival 2012. Director Felix van Groeningen is born (1977) in the city of Ghent, and still lives there as far as I know (also has, see IMDb trivia, a heavy Ghentian local accent). Please do not construe this to be the sole reason for programming this film on the prestigious opening night, since he has an ample track record to warrant it.



The announcement text as published by the festival draws our special attention to the considerable portion of bluegrass music in the film. It made me hesitate a little when booking tickets, due to my association with country&western music that I don''t like very much (maybe too "American life style" for me). But my prejudice proved very wrong, and the music score offered much more than I imagined. It is not a musical, however, where the music scenes carry the story line. Instead, the music appears on logical moments and does not come in the way of the drama.



An interview with the film director preceded the screening. Apart from the usual exchange of facts about how the film was made and how it relates to predecessors from the same director, I noted an important observation made by the interviewer (Patrick Duynslaegher, artistic director of the festival). He mentioned that the scene ordering was not the one he would have chosen. It proved to be a useful hint. If I had not known this before, I would have been left confused, and I certainly would have failed to appreciate the film. Now I satisfy myself with calling it "chronologically challenged", hopefully serving as a heads up for subsequent viewers. The only switch back in time shown explicitly is after the initial scene around the child''s hospital bed. We see "7 years earlier" displayed announcing a backflash to the time before the parents were married. All later time switches back and forth (be prepared for many of those), have to be derived from the context. It needs some getting used to, but it works out very well, after all, to get the dramatic development across.



The bare story can be told in a few lines, but doesn''t do the film justice. Two very different people get to know each other by chance, find a common ground in their love for bluegrass music, the woman gets pregnant unexpectedly, they get married, and raise the child that is born. The drama starts when the child has an incurable disease at the age of six, gets hospitalized for a long time, and undergoes some fruitless therapies. Finally, stem cell therapy seemed to offer the last straw, but after a hopeful start proved nevertheless too experimental to yield a positive end result.



Throughout the film we see significant events in the form of flashbacks. These events are taken from the healthy years of the child, and seem almost trivial at first. Two examples: the bird that flies against the veranda glass and dies, and the stories told about the many years that light from the stars is underway before it reaches earth. These are just examples, but have in common that they become more important later on, either as happy memories or as mishaps to hold against each other.

In the aftermath of their child''s death we clearly see that they grow apart more and more. The only occasions where they still see each other, are the continued bluegrass concerts they give together with their band.



The very different reactions to their child''s death is best illustrated by what follows after a TV speech by George W Bush, when he vetoes stem cell therapy research as against the will of God. In the middle of a concert, the man bursts out in a long speech. He states that stem cell therapy might have rescued their child when medical science had been given the chance for more field research, and not being hindered by people who put their beliefs above progress. She does not take it very well, retreats to the tattoo shop she owns (the place where they initially met, by the way), and she barricades herself. There is no spoiler danger ahead when I tell that this cannot lead to a happy ending.



All in all, given the heads up from the initial interview about the non-standard scene sequencing, I was very happy with the end result. The casting and acting added positively to the total experience, as was the case with the bluegrass music. The latter is still not my favorite, but it blended in very well with the proceedings, and thus formed an integral part of the story line and the decor. My conclusion after all is that telling the story this way, is the only logical way that really works.
 


 

 


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