The Broken Circle Breakdown Synopsis
A crisis seriously tests the love and faith of Elise and Didier.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan...
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By William Goss
A superb tearjerker in between beautiful bluegrass ballads.
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It's a rich, raw, heartache of a film, a beautifully composed, soul-stirring drama about love, family, sex, sorrow, faith, and music.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Rare, too, is the way The Broken Circle Breakdown incorporates music into its narrative. The songs - traditional bluegrass and country, and...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Director Felix Van Groeningen takes a story that might be too much to bear in a straightforward, linear narrative and explodes it, then...
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The Playlist

By Jessica Kiang
While Felix von Groeningen's film, which centers around a couple whose child is diagnosed with cancer, could easily have strayed into...
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The Telegraph

By Tim Robey
A tough, vital, electrifying film.
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New York Daily News

This movie has one of the finest final scenes in a movie this year and, if there were justice, Baetens would break out as an international...
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Village Voice

The Broken Circle Breakdown crashes as frequently as it soars, but the ache at its center feels real.
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By Boyd van Hoeij
Sophisticated cutting brings out the story’s complex emotional undercurrents, though “Breakdown’s” less convincingly scripted second half...
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By scott c
Wish I'd gotten a chance to see it but the theater it came to hear it was only there for one week missed it! Guess I'll have to rent it on video or on demand too bad for the theater no place for...

loved it!

By therocknrollrealtor
incredibly heart wrenching and real...

By ArtHouseGuy65
Amazing Cinematography....

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Rated NR