Because if you have a couple hours to spare and don't mind letting go of some of your belief systems....just for a little bit..... have I got a movie for you!
The Broken Circle Breakdown
Seen it? No? Well, get out there and watch it. I KNOW that it will not be for everybody but it should be....it's that beautiful. Then again, maybe it's just me. Maybe it's my bipolar, ADD, belief system and life experiences that made this such a moving experience...but I doubt it. I think it fits a lot of our molds...at least, a lot of the people I've known over the years.
There is nothing to compare it to though perhaps it's a Steel Magnolias meets Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Meet Joe Black meets O' Brother Where Art Thou. That was too many "meets" I know - so sue me. It's a Belgian film so be ready for subtitles but the music? You don't need subtitles for that - the music is unbelievable. Describing it as strictly bluegrass does NOT give it justice. Please for the love of all things holy (no pun intended) do NOT let the words "bluegrass" and "gospel" keep you from watching this movie or listening to the soundtrack. When they do "If I needed you" together on stage...it's almost too much for a heart to bear.
I don't want to spoil the movie...or the soundtrack by giving away too much. I do want to say that a lot of the music and some of the emotions remind me of the people I love and of my childhood. It would take too long and is perhaps to personal (even for me) to go into the context behind that. Just take my word for it. I will warn you that, no matter what you feel about religion or politics (there's a smattering of both in here), this movie will stir those emotions in you. I *think* it's best viewed with an open heart and a willingness to understand that everyone approaches tragedy and loss differently....and that we should let them. But that's just little ol' me....
It's not a perfect movie. It tends to be a little disjointed and some might find it preachy (though not in the typical sense) but it's worth your time.