The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012, dir. Felix van Groeningen)
I know it’s late this Saturday night. but this is the one to check out if you’re doing any last minute Oscars homework before tomorrow. I want to describe it as Blue Valentine meets Inside Llewyn Davis, but that wouldn’t be fair at all. It’s a devastating Belgian heartbreaker about losing love and failing faith, and Europeans in bluegrass bands.
I caught this documentary Somm (Jason Wise, 2012) on Netflix about four guys preparing for the Master Sommelier exam, and it was fascinating. I can’t say I learned that much about wine from it, other than the fact that there are countless different varieties, from many different places, times and climates, and infinite ridiculous ways to describe what’s in the glass. Freshly-cut garden hose, grandmother’s purse, and rotted violet among them.
But in the end, you’re watching four bros (albeit, all amazingly talented experts at that point) try to pass one of the hardest tests in the world about something that can be as snobby as it comes. But they really are bros! Take out the glasses at any one of their practice tasting sessions and it’ll come across anywhere between a poker game or an intense fantasy draft. I don’t know if this is normal in the land of wine, but the confluence of those personalities in that world was just entertaining. Because you get gems like this:
Beautiful. Inspirational. Also, I have not seen anything this year.
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