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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 ...
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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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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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 »

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Didier Bontinck: Bluegrass, that is Country in its purest form.
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Powerful Drama With Beautiful Country Music
11 September 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The film feels like jumbling through shuffled photographs that hold bittersweet memories. Non-linear narrative has become more recognized device to sketch a contrast change in a relationship. It's an effective device which makes it easy to tell a story with a sense of tragic irony. A film that followed this style in my recent memory is 'Blue Valentine'. 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' tells a story of a couple trying to deal with the sickness tragedy of their leukemic child while jumbling through their past. The scenes with this sweet child girl feel most honest, and hence deeply moving. It has one of the most hard-hitting and realistic scenes of post-traumatic stress in a relationship I've seen in films. The film is helped by some fine performances by its leads, and country music is a driving vector of this story. But the film is at its disadvantage because of distracting, and sometimes incoherent, editing. You're shifting from a moment to another moment. Some stick with you, and some don't.


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