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The Broken Circle Breakdown

Not Rated In Theaters 11/1/2013 , 110min.
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November 18, 2013
The acting is so good you could watch it without the Flemish to English subtitles. A startling mix of heartbreak and joy. The blue-grass songs are masterfully woven into the story. A masterpiece that will stay with you.

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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. Full Review
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter
The non-linear structure works extremely well, making the drama a bracing emotional roller coaster of feel-good/feel-bad turns. Full Review
Liam Lacey
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Like the Irish film "Once," it’s a drama about the lives of musical performers who sing songs within the film to illustrate the emotional journey of a relationship. Broken Circle, though, is painted in much darker hues. Full Review
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
Despite the music, and no matter how the film’s editors slice it, the attempt to get a rise out of the audience by way of the endangered child device verges on emotional pornography. Full Review
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
The Broken Circle Breakdown manages to pull off a small miracle, using joyous music and tenderness to tell a tragic story that moves you but doesn’t depress you. Full Review

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