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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, 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

Official submission of Belgium to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

Quotes

Elise Vandevelde: If I want to believe that Maybelle is a star up in the sky, I will. If I want to believe she's a bird that perches on our window sill, or a butterfly that sits on my shoulder or a bloody frog that...
Didier Bontinck: Maybelle is dead, sweetheart. She's dead. She's gone, she's not here anymore.But we are still here. I'm still here. We have to carry on together.
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Features Mega Mindy (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Boy Who Wouldn't Hoe Corn
Traditional
Performed by The BCB Band
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Refreshingly Different
3 December 2013 | by barry_mooneySee all my reviews

This is definitely one of those films that is best seen with as little prior knowledge as possible. I saw The Broken Circle Breakdown at a small cinema in Plymouth with only a vague idea that it had something to do with bluegrass music, of which I knew hardly anything. The music was actually very good but the film is far from a story about Belgian musicians playing American music. In fact, this is a fairly simple tale and, although told in a interesting way, there isn't an awful lot going on. However, what this delightful film manages to do brilliantly is throw up some big questions on topics such as love, life & belief that really get you thinking.

The past-present-future style works well to gradually unfold the details of what is happening. I found that this added very much to the tension and emotion of the film, not unlike Incendies (2010) which, although very different in subject matter, had a similar feel. Broken Circle is not as 'heavy' as Incendies and even has several smile-worthy moments to balance out the intensity.

I can see why some people might be upset by certain anti-religious aspects of the film but I thinks it's healthy for beliefs to be challenged. Similarly, some people seem to have been annoyed by the time-line jumping about but I think this actually works to great effect, especially if you don't know anything about the story beforehand. Overall, I would highly recommend Broken Circle; it's refreshing to see something genuinely different that generates real feelings for the characters and stays with you for more than ten minutes after the ending! 8/10


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