March 3, 2024


Showing: Wednesday, June 25 – 7:30 PM
Title: The Broken Circle Breakdown
Year: 2012
Country: Belgium, Netherlands
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BrokenWebAt 7:30 enjoy live Bluegrass from THE MOUNTAIN OYSTERS. Film at 8:00. COME EARLY!  (see below)

Banjo player Didier and tatoo artist Elise lead a happy life— until they learn that their young daughter has cancer. Traditional bluegrass songs of loss and grief provide an affecting context for the back and forth, past and present narrative moments of a couple in crisis. Belgium / Netherlands, 2012, 111 minutes, not rated

Academy Award nominee: Best Foreign Film

 Local musicians, Emily Eastwick (autoharp) of Pearl River, Vince Rivas (mandolin) of Suffern, Richard Hawthorne (bass) of Dover Plains and Wild Bill Jones (guitar) of Ramsey, NJ, have entertained in the area for many years. As a group, “The Mountain Oysters” sometimes play music in the bluegrass, ole timey, and crossover tradition. Each musician brings their own unique style to every performance. Prepare to be surprised while having some fun. THIS PERFORMANCE WILL BEGIN AT 7:30, SO COME EARLY

Community Partner: Borderline Folk Music Club, presenting their annual Bluegrass Festival on June 22 in New City, featuring Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Bluegrass with Mara Levine.

The Broken Circle Breakdown,” like the bluegrass music girding it, has a way of evoking any number of emotions. It is at turns sweet, romantic, funny and heartbreaking. More than anything, though, it’s just plain affecting, a profound tale of love, loss and— in the end— life, in all its bitter beauty.” – Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune

“Rare, too, is the way The Broken Circle Breakdown incorporates music into its narrative. The songs— traditional bluegrass and country, and a clutch of new ones rooted in same— are as integral to the characters and their relationships as is the dialogue.” – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“This Belgian drama is the real deal, an alternately wrenching and ecstatic viewing experience, adapted from a play by lead actor Johan Heldenbergh.” – Sara Stewart, The New York Post