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The Broken Circle Breakdown

Dirk Impens (Producer)
Johan Heldenbergh (Actor)
Veerle Baetens (Actress)
Felix van Groeningen (Director, Screenwriter)
Anatol Weber (Moderation)

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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.

Belgium / Netherlands 2012, 111 min


Felix van Groeningen


Johan Heldenbergh
Veerle Baetens
Nell Cattrysse

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