MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 281 this week

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Music, Romance  |  10 October 2012 (Belgium)
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 23,710 users   Metascore: 71/100
Reviews: 55 user | 187 critic | 29 from Metacritic.com

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:

(play), (play), 3 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 14 Jun 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 16 Jan 2014
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Mar 2014
 
a list of 26 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Broken Circle Breakdown.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 26 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Stars: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Adele's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Léa Seydoux, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Matty, a 41-year old mother of three with a husband in his midlife-crisis, meets 29-year old Johnny, a truck driver, who takes an interest in her.

Director: Christophe Van Rompaey
Stars: Barbara Sarafian, Jurgen Delnaet, Johan Heldenbergh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.

Director: François Ozon
Stars: Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The lives of a group of friends get disturbed when one of them comes back after having been away for some years.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Koen De Graeve, Wine Dierickx, Pieter Genard
Amour (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert
Steve + Sky (2004)
Romance | Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Small time crook Steve leaves jail and meets Sky, a naïeve girl who is also a prostitute. The beginning of a strange but wonderful relationship.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Titus De Voogdt, Delfine Bafort, Johan Heldenbergh
The Past (2013)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce.

Director: Asghar Farhadi
Stars: Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, Ali Mosaffa
Bullhead (2011)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Director: Michaël R. Roskam
Stars: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
Short Term 12 (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Stars: Brie Larson, Frantz Turner, John Gallagher Jr.
Belgica (2015)
Drama

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen
Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter
Edit

Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

|

Language:

|

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)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally a play written by Johan Heldenbergh who also had 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 Groeningens decision. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Didier Bontinck: Will you say hello to Maybelle for me?
See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sand Mountain
Written by Johnny Bellar
Performed by The BCB Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Refreshingly Different
3 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See 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


28 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What's a religious realist? ESvanberg
Whisperings? TriggerJerk
Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Screenplay : Broken Circle ! parisflight
Linker Kitsch mit Notarzt!!! PLiermann
Interview with Felix Van Groeningen on dvd in this movie--worthwhile?? eyeforbeauty
Character on TV? viciousduck
Discuss The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?