'The Broken Circle Breakdown' narrates the love story of Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop, he plays the banjo in a band. It's love at first sight, in spite of their many, great differences. He talks, she listens. He is a convinced atheist, and in many ways also a naïve romantic. In spite of the cross tattoo on her neck she is as straightforward as they come. Their happiness knows no bounds when their daughter Maybelle is born. But at age six Maybelle falls terribly ill. Didier and Elise respond in completely different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice: they will have to fight for her life together. Can you overcome adversity together when you are so different? Or will love let you down when you need it the most? 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. About how love can (not always) conquer fate. View the film trailer here.
'The Broken Circle Breakdown' will open the 39th Ghent Film Festival
On Tuesday 9 October 2012 Felix van Groeningen's fourth feature film, 'The Broken Circle Breakdown', will open the 39th Ghent Film Festival at Kinepolis Ghent. The film is based on the eponymous play by Johan Heldenbergh, who plays the lead in the film production by Menuet, together with actress Veerle Baetens. 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' marks van Groeningen's fourth collaboration with producer Dirk Impens after 'Steve + Sky' (2004), 'Dagen zonder lief (With Friends Like These)' (2007) and 'De helaasheid der dingen (The Misfortunates)' (2009).
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