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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johan Heldenbergh ...
Didier / Monroe
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Elise / Alabama
Nell Cattrysse ...
Geert Van Rampelberg ...
Nils De Caster ...
Robbie Cleiren ...
Jimmy (as Robby Cleiren)
Bert Huysentruyt ...
Jef
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Sofie Sente
Ruth Beeckmans ...
(as Ruth Beekmans)
Jan Hammenecker ...
Doctor
Blanka Heirman ...
Denise
Kirsten Pieters
Yves Degryse
Dominique Van Malder
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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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love | bluegrass | tragedy | banjo | religious | See more »

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Release Date:

10 October 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Krah razbijenog kruga  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,100 (USA) (1 November 2013)

Gross:

$30,700 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Official submission of Belgium to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »

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Didier Bontinck: I am an ape. And I'm afraid.
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Bluegrass,tattoos,stem-cells and euthanasia. Somehow it makes for one of the best movies of the year.
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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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