Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Writer(s): Johan Heldenbergh, Mieke Dobbels, Carl Joos, Felix Van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch
Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh and Nell Cattrysse
Awards: Won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival
Running Time: 111 minutes
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.
“This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.”-Sara Stewart, New York Post