The Broken Circle Breakdown

The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Broken Circle Breakdown

Screenplay: Carl Joos, Felix van Groeningen

Cast: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh

Cinematography by: Ruben Impens

Film editing: Yoohan Leyssens

Art director: Kurt Rigolle

Producer: Dirk Impens

Co-producers: Frans Van Gestel, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings

Production: Menuet Producties, Topkapi Films

Distribution: Kinepolis Film Distribution, Wild Bunch Benelux, Filmcoopi Zürich, Kurmaca Film



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.

Will you get through something like that if you are so different? Or will love let you down if you need it most? ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown' is an intense melodrama, full of passion and music. The Broken Circle Breakdown examines how love can conquer fate, and sometimes not.

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