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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
I watched this The Broken Circle Breakdown (BCB) immediately after viewing American Hustle AH), which is a Best Picture nominee, and while I enjoyed the latter, what struck me about it, even while I watched the movie, is that it tried too hard. The scenes seemed crafted for Academy voters. This feeling was solidified as I watched BCB, which, on the other hand, is a movie in which the emotions feel real and the acting appears genuine rather than forced.
Avid moviegoers are familiar with the happy-family-torn-apart-by-illness theme, but the marriage of that theme with American bluegrass music in a Belgian setting is novel. I have not seen any of the other Foreign Film contenders, but this one is more than worthy when juxtaposed against AH.
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