THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, movie 111 minutes, soundtrack 15 songs

Quick, name a movie with an all bluegrass soundtrack?

No, not “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou.”

It featured a little bluegrass, but it was mostly a variety of American roots music.

How about “The Broken Circle Breakdown”?

The 2012 Belgian movie, now beginning to become available in this country, features 15 bluegrass tunes performed by a European band in perfect English.

It’s one of the best soundtracks a bluegrass fan could hope for.

The movie is about a banjo player who falls in love with a tattoo artist, who becomes the lead singer in his band.

A very good lead singer at that.

The picker — Didier (writer Johan Heldenbergh) — is obsessed with America and especially American bluegrass.

The movie follows seven years in the couple’s lives, including their daughter Maybelle’s — named for Mother Maybelle Carter — losing battle with cancer and the resulting damage to both Didier and Elise, who renames herself Alabama.

The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film and won several smaller competitions in the United States and Europe.

It’s in Flemish, with English subtitles.

But the songs are in English — and so, for some reason, is the cussing.

Songs include “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn,” “Dusty Mixed Feelings,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Rueben’s Train,” “Country In My Genes,” “Further On Up The Road, “Where Are You Heading, Tumbleweed?,” “Over In The Gloryland,” “Cowboy Man,” “If I Needed You,” “Carved Tree Inn,” “Sandmountain,” “Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” and “Blackberry Blossom.”

The movie is a little dark — but then, so is a lot of bluegrass.

Both the movie and the soundtrack are available at Amazon.com and other outlets.

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