Even though Elise and Didier are different as night and day they fall in love at first sight. She’s an impulsive tattoo artist, he is a flemish musician touring the land with his band and spending his spare time on his shabby farm. When Elise unexpectedly gets pregnant, their happiness seems to come full circle. But then their daughter Maybelle falls seriously ill and their love is put on trial…
I love movies that tell interesting stories, get under your skin, make you think and leave you back with something more than two hours of shallow entertainement. I watch movies of every genre, nevertheless romance or drama isn’t usually my first choice. Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown caught my interest though. Two hours full of Blue Grass music, a bearded protagonist and his tattoed spouse? Count me in. I didn’t expect this movie to be an easy watch at all, but I surely didn’t expect to be crying even 30 minutes after the credits rolled down.
I’ve rarely watched such a beautifully shot, deep down saddening movie which managed to stay with me for such a long time after seeing it. The Broken Circle Breakdown is an emotional rollercoaster ride – Some scences are almost impossible to bear. The actors do an amazing job, the soundtrack is beyond awesome, the set design great and authentic.
The movie’s plot may sound simple at first, but don’t expect an average cancer drama here – this film is so much more. It’s a brutally honest movie about life, love, faith and death. A definite must-watch, but be warned: Prepare to be heart broken. Don’t watch this movie alone and don’t forget to bring enough tissues with you.
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