19 March 2014

The Broken Circle Breakdown, 2012 - ★★★★

It's hard not to think of Blue Valentine when you start in the middle of a relationship and then jump back and forth through the highs and lows.

The Broken Circle Breakdown stands out by adding in some excellent music which at times verges on cliche but also juxtaposes other scenes and both types of usage are very effective. The performances are all great but the characters feel less like real people than those in Blue Valentine. Perhaps how much you like the film (opinions appear to be very mixed) may depend how much you are drawn in by the soundtrack. I was and found the whole thing to be beautiful and devastating.

March 19, 2014 at 06:34PM

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