Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.
Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.
13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
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Koen De Graeve
Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.
Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Thomas Bo Larsen,
Elise and Didier 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. Written by
The film feels like jumbling through shuffled photographs that hold bittersweet memories. Non-linear narrative has become more recognized device to sketch a contrast change in a relationship. It's an effective device which makes it easy to tell a story with a sense of tragic irony. A film that followed this style in my recent memory is 'Blue Valentine'. 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' tells a story of a couple trying to deal with the sickness tragedy of their leukemic child while jumbling through their past. The scenes with this sweet child girl feel most honest, and hence deeply moving. It has one of the most hard-hitting and realistic scenes of post-traumatic stress in a relationship I've seen in films. The film is helped by some fine performances by its leads, and country music is a driving vector of this story. But the film is at its disadvantage because of distracting, and sometimes incoherent, editing. You're shifting from a moment to another moment. Some stick with you, and some don't.
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