The Broken Circle Breakdown

Belgium, 2013г., 110 min


Felix van Groeningen

The Broken Circle Breakdown' tells the love story between Elise and Didier. She has her own tattoo shop, he plays the banjo in a band. It is love at first sight, in spite of major differences. He talks, she listens. He is a dedicated atheist, although at the same time a naïve romantic. She has a cross tattooed in her neck, even though she has both feet firmly on the ground.

Their happiness is complete after their little girl Maybelle is born. Unfortunately, Maybelle, at six years old, becomes seriously ill. Didier and Elise respond in very different ways. But Maybelle does not leave them any choice. Didier and Elise will have to fight for her together.

The Broken Circle Breakdown' is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. About how love can conquer fate, and sometimes not.

2013: Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival
2013: Label Europa Cinemas Award at the Berlin International Film Festival
2013: Best Actress and Best Screenplay Awards at the Tribeca Film Festival
2013: Flemish Film Awards (Oostende IFF, Belgium) for the Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Actress, Best Editor, Best Costumes and an Industry Award to the director
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Felix van Groeningen

Born in 1977, graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Ghent in 2000. He made a few short films and wrote and directed various theatre pieces for the theatre as well as he played the lead role in one of the plays. After various detours through the cultural world, Felix decisively chose to return to making movies. Directed three full-length films.

Selected filmography

2013The Broken Circle Breakdown

2009 The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen)

2007 With friends like these (Dagen zonder life)

2004 Steve + Sky