A tattoo shop owner and a banjo player fight to save their marriage in Felix van Groeningen’s romantic drama.
After scoring the Audience Award in Berlin, The Broken Circle Breakdown won best screenplay and actress trophies at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and Tribeca Film acquired it a month later.
Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh star in the bluegrass-infused film scripted by Carl Joos and van Groeningen.
Below is the trailer for the Belgium-Netherlands co-production, which opens November 1, Deadline said.
“The rousing bluegrass tunes heard and performed throughout The Broken Circle Breakdown travel from soaring peaks of joy in the foot-stomping numbers to desolate valleys of sorrow in the heart-wrenching ballads. Belgian director Felix van Groeningen’s drama about a passionate relationship devastated by grief spans a comparable breadth. That makes much of it intensely moving, even if it gradually veers into the overwrought, surrendering restraint in favor of sledgehammer message-mongering.
Higher on commercial crowd appeal than much of the festival and arthouse fare the Berlinale side-sections tend to offer, the gritty three-hankie film has already proven a hit in domestic release,” a review published at The Hollywood Reporter said.