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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.

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(as Felix van Groeningen)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Didier Bontinck / Monroe
... Elise Vandevelde / Alabama
Nell Cattrysse ... Maybelle
... William
Nils De Caster ... Jock
Robbie Cleiren ... Jimmy (as Robby Cleiren)
Bert Huysentruyt ... Jef
... Koen
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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Drama | Music | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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10 October 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Krah razbijenog kruga  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,100, 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$175,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,990,754
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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: Bluegrass, that is Country in its purest form.
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Features Mega Mindy (2006) See more »

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Written by Solomon Linda, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss and Albert Stanton
Performed by The BCB Band
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A voyage into love's danger zones
21 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

There are very few films as emotionally raw and truthful as 'The Broken Circle Breakdown'. Set in Belgium, and somewhat reminiscent of 'Betty Blue', it tells of the love affair between Didier and Elise - a bluegrass musician and a tattoo artist. The story begins with the couple attending to their young daughter's needs in a cancer ward as she battles for her life against the disease. Flashback sequences portray the couple's initial meeting, Elise's incorporation into Didier's band as a vocalist, the mad passion of their early romance and the arrival of daughter Maybelle in their lives.

Back at the hospital seven years later, the child endures the toxic effects of chemotherapy, her health alternately improving and deteriorating, while the parents accompany her on this agonizing roller-coaster ride. Fracture lines appear in the couple's deep bond as atheist Didier rails against a god that could have inflicted such a cruel destiny upon the girl, while Elise struggles to hold onto hope and process her anguish. Somehow their heroic odyssey into the deepest regions of pain is neither pessimistic nor depressing, and their story communicates profound insights about the need for love, forgiveness and understanding in extreme circumstances. By contrast, it makes most Hollywood productions look like trite insults to human intelligence. Perhaps they are - and maybe audiences should look elsewhere for authentic artistic expression. This film suggests Belgian cinema might be somewhere to start the search.


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