Berlin 2013 – Panorama – Double Winner – Audience Award & Europa Cinemas Label Award (Best European Film)
Oscars 2014 – Best Foreign Language Film Nomination
International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2013)
Elise and Didier have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle must face a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by -- love at first sight, courtship and passion, coming closer through their bluegrass music band, braving marriage, unexpected pregnancy and eventually the joy of parenthood after the birth of beautiful Maybelle. A complete circle of happiness for this very unconventional couple…
But as the stress and sorrow of Maybelle’s treatment takes its toll, Didier and Elise begin to respond in different ways. They fight together for their child, as they hope love will not let them down when they need it most. Love can conquer fate, but sometimes not.
Veerle Baetens as Elise
Johan Heldenbergh as Didier
International Critics' Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) for the Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2013):
The jury stated: "A country song of a film - with all the love, pain, tragedy, and headache life can throw at you. A testament to the human spirit and how we can endure almost anything as long as there is even a sliver of hope or faith. Set in the tiny country of Belgium, a very personal story mirroring the ultimate decline of the American dream."