Broken Circle Breakdown * Felix van Groeningen (2012)

In spite of the English title, this Flemish film is spoken in Dutch. “Broken Circle Breakdown” is a pretty heavy drama. The America-lover bluegrass musician Didier and the tattoo artist Elise fall in love. For a couple of years their relation is easy, but when Elise gets pregnant things change. After the birth of their daughter things did not change for the worse, but when the daughter is diagnosed cancer, it does.

The film jumps back and forth in time, alternating the happy periods of Didier’s and Elise’s lives with Didiers weird friends, his house in the middle of nowhere and performances of the band (that Elise joined). In other seems we see the couple struggling through their misery.

“Broken Circle Breakdown” is a good film, but I think I have seen enough drama for a while.

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