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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.

Writers:

Johan Heldenbergh (play), Mieke Dobbels (play) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 26 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 ... 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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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

Elise Vandevelde: I always knew. That it was too good to be true. That it couldn't last. That life isn't like that, life isn't generous. You mustn't love someone. You mustn't become attached to someone. Life begrudges you that. It takes everything away from you and it laughs in your face. It betrays you.
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Connections

Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Where the Soul of a Man Never Dies
Written by William M. Golden
Performed by Johan Heldenbergh, Veerle Baetens, Patrick Riguelle, Nils De Caster, Pol Depoorter and Mario Vermandel
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A Worthy Oscar Contender
1 March 2014 | by lorrijamesSee all my reviews

I watched this The Broken Circle Breakdown (BCB) immediately after viewing American Hustle AH), which is a Best Picture nominee, and while I enjoyed the latter, what struck me about it, even while I watched the movie, is that it tried too hard. The scenes seemed crafted for Academy voters. This feeling was solidified as I watched BCB, which, on the other hand, is a movie in which the emotions feel real and the acting appears genuine rather than forced.

Avid moviegoers are familiar with the happy-family-torn-apart-by-illness theme, but the marriage of that theme with American bluegrass music in a Belgian setting is novel. I have not seen any of the other Foreign Film contenders, but this one is more than worthy when juxtaposed against AH.


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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

Flemish | English | Dutch

Release Date:

10 October 2012 (Belgium) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 3 November 2013

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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