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The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Broken Circle Breakdown is the new film by Felix van Groeningen. The film is based on the stage play with the same name by Johan Heldenbergh and Mieke Dobbels, with which they filled all manner of theaters, church halls, public houses and cultural centres. (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie swings like a pendulum between elation and despair, with little time devoted to anything in between."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Breakdown gets the music right and has the benefit of strong acting, but its unapologetically melodramatic plot has a tendency to throw everything at you but the kitchen sink."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"More so than its music, Broken Circle's greatest merit are the compelling performances Van Groeningen cultivates from both his leads."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Where the Coen brothers gently mocked th[e] music in O Brother Where art Thou?, this plucky little Belgian film reconnects that music to the sorrows that produced it. Just brilliant."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"It is for most of its length a strong involving narrative with wonderful performances from the two leads, Heldenbergh and Baetens and a simply lovely one from young Nell Cattrysse."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Traditional bluegrass songs of loss and grief provide the inspiration and score for this innovative Belgian, Flemish-language musical drama."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Invigorating musical elements and the lead actors' potent chemistry can't entirely protect this tragic relationship drama from its encroaching shortage of subtlety."
‑ David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"I wish the patience and grace of the director's techniques in the film's strongest non-musical moments were matched in his depictions of the amazing music on display."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"There are plenty of touching, powerful moments in director Felix Van Groeningen's child-with-cancer drama...though [it's] somewhat laboured. The 2012 French film Declaration of War dealt with a similar topic in more lyrical, more affecting manner."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Despite the miserable subject matter, writer-director Felix Van Groeningen manages to mostly strike the right chord, eschewing unchecked histrionics for honest, bittersweet emotion."
‑ Tom Clift, Concrete Playground
"It's the music that really brings Broken Circle to life, an excellent collection of old-timey country classics and originals that reconnects the broken bits of the story and resonates with its deepest emotions."
‑ Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times
"Breakdown's less convincingly scripted second half sputters more often than it shines."
‑ Boyd van Hoeij, Variety
"It's a film about a couple whose tumultuous relationship is severely challenged, and the performances are excellent."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
"In spite of the bleak premise the film isn't an emotional force."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"The juxtaposition of bluegrass music in this heavy-hitting drama about love and loss brings with it an unexpected and exquisite timbre. Take a tissue - this is an affecting film that touches the heart"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
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