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Film review

Belgium’s foreign language Oscar entry is a moving, tender tale

Veerle Baetens plays Elise and Jonah Heldenbergh is Didier in “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)
Veerle Baetens plays Elise and Jonah Heldenbergh is Didier in “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” (Courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival)
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‘The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium’s official submission for the foreign language Oscar, is an ebullient, life-affirming movie about the most depressing subject imaginable: a couple dealing with the impending death of their young daughter. Director Felix Van Groeningen takes us back and forth in time through the relationship between the tattoo artist Elise (a fantastic Veerle Baetens) and Didier (Jonah Heldenbergh), a banjo player for a local small-time bluegrass band. Elise and Didier make an ...

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