The Broken Circle Breakdown

Elise and Didier’s relationship is wild and passionate. She owns a tattoo shop in a little Belgian town and uses her body as a canvas, each tattoo covering up a little memento of a past lover. He plays the banjo in a bluegrass band and idealizes America. They meet, fall in love, and have a daughter. But when little Maybelle becomes seriously sick, their relationship starts unraveling. In this perfectly constructed drama, flashbacks and flash-forwards are intertwined with a fluid juxtaposition of the ups and downs of Elise (Veerle Baetens) and Didier’s (Johan Heldenbergh) love story. Beyond the fine script and performances is the rousing bluegrass soundtrack, composed by Bjorn Eriksson, which turns a poignant story into a truly haunting film. Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Awards and Best Screenplay and Actress Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Genres: Drama, Music, Romance