EN - A couple, separated for the past 15 years, find themselves thrown together again for the duration of a two-day journey to rescue their son, hospitalised in another country after a serious ski accident. What do they still feel for one another: indifference, jealousy? Or perhaps complicity, friendship and, who knows, love?

NL - Frans en Lisa zijn al vijftien jaar uit elkaar, dus wat zal er boven komen drijven als ze samen in de auto stappen om naar het skidorpje Flaine diep in de Alpen te rijden om hun gewonde zoon op te halen? Onverschilligheid? Jaloezie? Vriendschap? Liefde? Bij aankomst biedt het dorpje, in de jaren 70 ontworpen door Le Corbusier, met zijn betonnen structuren een unieke achtergrond voor de lichtvoetige overdenking over verbroken liefde.

FR - Un couple séparé depuis quinze ans se retrouve le temps d’un voyage de deux jours pour aller chercher leur fils hospitalisé à l’étranger suite à un grave accident de ski. Que ressentent-ils encore l’un pour l’autre? De l’indifférence, de la rancœur, de la jalousie? Ou peut-être de la connivence, de l’amitié et, qui sait, de l’amour?


Title Tenderness
Original title La tendresse
Original language French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Features
Year 2013


Cast Maryline Canto, Olivier Gourmet, Adrien Jolivet, Margaux Chatelier, Sergi Lopez, Hilde Heynen
Photography Jan Vancaillie
Editing Michèle Hubinon
Sound Henri Morelle
Music René-Marc Bini

Technical specs

Running time film 90'
Release format 35 mm
Other available formats DCP
Aspect ratio 2.35 (scope)
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CAA, Wallimage-Bruxellimage, RTBF, Belgacom, Be TV, Tax Shelter, ZDF-Arte, Rhône-Alpes Cinema
Production partners A.S.A.P. Films (FR), Neue Pegasos Film (DE)


2013: Rotterdam International Film Festival (NL)

A touch of Flanders in Karlovy Vary line-up

Presented at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (28 June-6 July) this year is Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown, screening as part of Variety’s Ten Euro Directors to Watch section. Sahim Omar Kalifa’s short film Land of the Heroes is selected to take part in the Focus on Kurdish Film while Tango Libre and Tenderness, two co-productions with Flanders, were also added to the line-up. Ari Folman’s The Congress, partly animated by Walking The Dog, is part of the Karlovy Vary programme too.

Tango LibreIt was previously announced that Felix van Groeningen was elected as one of Variety’s Directors to Watch who’re being showcased at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Published on Friday 21 June 2013

Broken Circle and Borgman in Sydney’s Competition

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Alex van Warmerdam’s feature Borgman, a co-production with Flanders through Epidemic, are selected to compete in the official competition of this year’s Sydney Film Festival (5-16 June). The Sydney fest is one of the world’s longest-running festivals, its official competition presenting the Sydney Film Prize and $60,000 in cash.

The Broken Circle BreakdownAfter taking the Berlinale by storm, The Broken Circle Breakdown went on to conquer other parts of Europe. Now, also Australia has fallen for the intense drama.

Published on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Flanders in full force at Berlinale

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

19 new feature projects in the pipeline

The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) has decided to issue grants to 19 feature projects, amongst which are director Dominic Deruddere’s latest feature Flying Home and Bullhead producer Savage Film’s new project The Wandering Garden*. Futhermore there’s Speechless* by director Hilde Van Mieghem and Jan Verheyen’s The Verdict.

Five projects were granted development support, among them two Caviar productions. Production grants went to Roel Mondelaers’ Plan Bart, Dominique Deruddere’s long-awaited new film Flying Home and tv-director Douglas Boswell’s first-effort feature The Wandering Garden*. Moreover, six feature projects were handed screenplay support.

Published on Monday 27 February 2012

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