The Broken Circle Breakdown

Rated NR 111 minutes 2012

Never underestimate the power of American roots music to seep into the consciousness of people all over the world. The not entirely sweet and cheerful story of a musician, a tattoo artist, and their cancer-stricken daughter is accompanied by the authentic-sounding Appalachian bluegrass music their band plays – in the Flanders region of Belgium. Singer/tattooist Elise (actress Veerle Baetens) has a fine singing voice, and her true love Didier is played by banjo player Johan Heldenbergh, based on his Flemish-language hit stage play (co-written with Mieke Dobbels). Director Felix van Groeningen uses the plentiful tunes to comment on the action, and the performances are naturalistic and unforced. Worth a look for adventurous curiosity seekers (111 min.).

Film Credits

Director: Felix van Groeningen

Producer: Arnold Heslenfeld, Dirk Impens, Frans van Gestel and Laurette Schillings

Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Geert van Rampelberg, Nell Cattrysse, Nils De Caster and Robbie Cleiren

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