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Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium: ATW in Movies

There are, presumably, moviegoers out there who sat through Blue Valentine and left the theater saying to themselves: Well, that was great—but how much better would it have been if  in addition to the failing relationship, their kid was terribly, perhaps mortally, ill? For those people, we have Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium’s nomination for the best foreign-language film Oscar in 2013. The comparison is fair: The two films belong roughly in the same box, in the sense that they are both forensic dissections of families on the verge of ruin, and both play with time, so that bits and pieces of the film are shuffled and rearranged and sequenced to provide us with information when director Felix Van Groeningen thinks we should have it. Tattoo shop owner Elise and musician/homesteader Didier fall in love, in Ghent, 2006, build a home for themselves in the countryside, and have a daughter, named for Maybelle Carter. There are chickens and horses and a pick-up truck, bluegrass music, a persistent if not entirely durable love affair with America, and a glassed-in terranda, …