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Broken Circle Breakdown

A sick child upends a carefree couple's relationship in this heartfelt Belgian drama

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Take a hanky to this heart-wrenching tale of a Belgian couple, whose carefree relationship and differing life philosophies are tested when their young daughter gets sick. The pair also plays in a bluegrass band — their girl is named Maybelle after the Carter Family singer — and that genre's sorrowful songs of enduring life underscore the powerful, well-acted drama. Director Felix van Groeningen relates the story in a non-linear fashion, pairing happy and sad scenes that only serve to make the experience sadder

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