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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music, Romance | 10 October 2012 (Belgium)
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Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

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Johan Heldenbergh (play), Mieke Dobbels (play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johan Heldenbergh ... Didier Bontinck / Monroe
Veerle Baetens ... Elise Vandevelde / Alabama
Nell Cattrysse Nell Cattrysse ... Maybelle
Geert Van Rampelberg ... William
Nils De Caster Nils De Caster ... Jock
Robbie Cleiren Robbie Cleiren ... Jimmy (as Robby Cleiren)
Bert Huysentruyt Bert Huysentruyt ... Jef
Jan Bijvoet ... Koen
Sofie Sente Sofie Sente
Ruth Beeckmans Ruth Beeckmans ... (as Ruth Beekmans)
Jan Hammenecker Jan Hammenecker ... Doctor
Blanka Heirman Blanka Heirman ... Denise
Kirsten Pieters Kirsten Pieters
Yves Degryse Yves Degryse
Dominique Van Malder Dominique Van Malder
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Storyline

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight. She has her own tattoo shop and he plays the banjo in a bluegrass band. They bond over their shared enthusiasm for American music and culture, and dive headfirst into a sweeping romance that plays out on and off stage - but when an unexpected tragedy hits their new family, everything they know and love is tested. An intensely moving portrait of a relationship from beginning to end, propelled by a soundtrack of foot-stomping bluegrass, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a romantic melodrama of the highest order. Written by Tribeca Film

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Taglines:

Sometimes love can conquer fate. Sometimes not.

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | English | Dutch

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Krah razbijenog kruga See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 3 November 2013

Gross USA:

$175,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,475,058
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a play written by Johan Heldenbergh, who also played the lead role as Didier. During the casting for the movie, the original actress playing Elise was replaced by Veerle Baetens, which was Felix van Groeningen's decision. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Didier Bontinck: Will you say hello to Maybelle for me?
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Connections

Featured in The Oscars (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Rueben's Train
Traditional
Performed by The BCB Band
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Very beautiful Belgian drama
18 December 2012 | by markhesSee all my reviews

Yesterday i saw this beautiful movie about life, love and death. After half an hour i had the feeling i was looking to a amazingly well balanced and touching film. Every scene, switches in time, music and countryside setting, the actors, the Flemish language ... it all seems to fit together. All credits for that, because the content is rather heavy: the life of the the two leading persons turns completely upside down when their child becomes very ill. The good thing is that - despite the dramatic events - the film doesn't become sentimental at all. The enormous grief is shown beautiful in small details like a bent hand (in the song if i needed you) or the facial expressions of the main actors. Amazing (and yet, easy to believe) how two people can react so different on a tragic event like losing your child.


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