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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 overview, first billed only:
Johan Heldenbergh ...
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Nell Cattrysse ...
Maybelle
Geert Van Rampelberg ...
William
Nils De Caster ...
Jock
Robbie Cleiren ...
Jimmy (as Robby Cleiren)
Bert Huysentruyt ...
Jef
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Koen
Sofie Sente
Ruth Beeckmans ...
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Jan Hammenecker
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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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$30,700 (USA) (15 November 2013)
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Won at the Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, both the "Prix de la compétition officielle" and the "Grand prix du public" See more »

Quotes

Elise Vandevelde: Life is NOT generous.
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Referenced in L'incertitude des choses (2013) See more »

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Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
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Very beautiful Belgian drama
18 December 2012 | by (Rotterdam) – See 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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