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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,990,754
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Swiss censorship certificate # 1009.520. See more »

Quotes

Didier Bontinck: I am an ape. And I'm afraid.
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Connections

Features Mega Mindy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Mega Mindy Time
Written by Johan Van den Eede, Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst
Performed by Free Souffriau (as Mega Mindy)
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Bluegrass,tattoos,stem-cells and euthanasia. Somehow it makes for one of the best movies of the year.
27 February 2014 | by zithrandirSee all my reviews

Oh and did I mention it's a foreign film? I simply cannot say how much I loved this movie. It's the story of Didier, a bluegrass singer, and Elise, a tattoo artist who fall in love. The film chronicles their lives over a period of approximately 7 years. The highs and the lows. The joy and the pain.

The movie captures your attention from go, with the great music and locks you in for the journey with their fast moving romance and the family tragedy that they go through and how they both deal with it. I was moved to tears on more than one occasion with this movie.

The story goes back and forth in time with a subtlety that would impress Tarantino or Nolan. The directing is inspired and the cinematography fits the mood of the movie. You forget your reading subtitles quickly and immerse yourself in their odyssey. This is definitely one of the best movies of the year and it is a shame that it is only up for Best foreign film. It could give the big dogs a run for their money this year, if it had a chance.


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