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The Broken Circle Breakdown

Directed by Felix Van Groeningen

Belgium, 2012

Cornerhouse, 1 December 2013

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Not only a love story, a heart-wrenching tale of loss, and an ode to bluegrass music: it’s also about Europe’s disenchantment with America following Bush’s response to 9/11, that nation’s diminishment and loss of moral capital.

The music is wonderful and the moving central story draws you in, but the presence of Bush makes the film seem somewhat dated.  Even so, the paradox of America as at once the land of freedom and self-invention and home to a backward looking species of conservative Christianity is well brought out.

A good film.