Quite simply put, this one of the best films you will probably see all year. Felix Van Groeningen’s vivid emotional drama of life, love and Bluegrass tunes with its mouthful of a title, The Broken Circle Breakdown (Kurt’s review here) brought me to the brink of dehydration from all the tears of pleasure and pain that I shed over it’s runtime. Flemish director set the bar pretty high with his last film, 2009’s The Misfortunates (Bob’s review here), a family drama about four men who cannot seem to get this shit together, until you realize that they are living life to its fullest. Here the amount of growth and intimacy and yes melodrama (but the good kind) is heightened that audiences kind of stagger out of the cinema emotionally drained. Edited in an elliptical fashion that only heightens the intensity of the feelings, and sprinkled liberally with great music (as seen in this trailer) I cannot wait until November 1st when it hits select cities (Including a full run at Toronto’s TIFF LIGHTBOX) in a limited theatrical release. And hey, lookie there, Tribeca Films marketing folks even quote me in the trailer (My review was also cross-posted over at Twitchfilm)
Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Johan Heldenbergh) 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.