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The Broken Circle Breakdown ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 24 nominations.
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Didier Bontinck / Monroe
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Elise Vandevelde / Alabama
Nell Cattrysse ...
Maybelle
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William
Nils De Caster ...
Jock
Robbie Cleiren ...
Jimmy (as Robby Cleiren)
Bert Huysentruyt ...
Jef
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Koen
Sofie Sente
Ruth Beeckmans ...
(as Ruth Beekmans)
Jan Hammenecker ...
Doctor
Blanka Heirman ...
Denise
Kirsten Pieters
Yves Degryse
Dominique Van Malder
Marianne Loots
Sanderijn Helsen
Siham El Makhfi
Maxime Neyt
Maurice Leerman
Aagje Moorthamer
Lena Cattrysse
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Warre Cattrysse
Eva Vanrysselberghe
Labhise Allara Mandango Ciratu
Mieke Proost
Yasmina Neyskens
Bjorn Eriksson
Karl Eriksson
Lennart Dauphin
Celine Vande Vyver
Karel Vandaele
Emilie Guillaume
Isabelle Persoons
Jo Lootens
Arthur de Hond ...
Dog

Directed by

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Felix Van Groeningen ... (as Felix van Groeningen)

Written by

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Johan Heldenbergh ... (play The Broken Circle Breakdown Featuring the Cover-Ups of Alabama) &
Mieke Dobbels ... (play The Broken Circle Breakdown Featuring the Cover-Ups of Alabama)
 
Carl Joos ... (adaptation) &
Felix Van Groeningen ... (adaptation) (as Felix van Groeningen)
 
Charlotte Vandermeersch ... (collaboration on screenplay)

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Arnold Heslenfeld ... co-producer
Dirk Impens ... producer
An Rydant ... executive producer (as Ann Rydant)
Laurette Schillings ... co-producer
Frans van Gestel ... co-producer
Rudy Verzyck ... associate producer

Music by

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Bjorn Eriksson

Cinematography by

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Ruben Impens

Film Editing by

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Nico Leunen

Editorial Department

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Peter Bernaers ... colorist
Paolo Finotto ... digital intermediate producer
Robbe Van Lerberghe ... conform editor: Filmmore
Ben Willems ... post-production facilities: filmmore

Art Direction by

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Kurt Rigolle

Costume Design by

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Ann Lauwerys

Makeup Department

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Marie Brabant ... tatoo artist
Lies De Smedt ... assistant makeup artist
Diana Dreesen ... key makeup artist
Lawrence I. Kelatow ... special makeup effects artist
Emy La Perla ... tattoo design
Dian Vandecruys ... wigs

Production Management

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Griet Meukens ... post-production supervisor
Katelijne Pieters ... assistant production manager
Johan van den Driessche ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Wannes Destoop ... additional third assistant director
Sofie Tusschans ... first assistant director
Sylvie Walravens ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Philippe Bertin ... property master
Natasja Billiau ... poster design
Mario Debaene ... title and credits
Geertjan Maes ... set dresser
William Phlips ... carpenter
Nele Vanhauwere ... assistant art director
Yves Verstraete ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Jef Aerts ... additional re-recording mixer / additional recordist: narration
Marco Dary ... sound supervisor: Italy
Jan Deca ... sound
Karel Dewaele ... sound assistant
Benjamin Falsimagne ... french dubbing mixer
Wout Frigne ... second boom operator
Paul Gies ... dialogue editor
Marc Lizier ... supervising sound editor
Vladimir Rakic ... foley artist / sound editor
Michel Schöpping ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Vincent Sinceretti ... foley recordist
Lieven Verbraeken ... boom operator
Joeri Verspecht ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Patrick Rappard ... special effects technician
Harry Wiesenhaan ... special effects supervisor (as Harrie Wiessenhaan)
Edward Wiessenhaan ... special effects foreman
Rick Wiessenhaan ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Jos De Boevere ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Danielle Kempen ... visual effects artist
Kasper Oerlemans ... visual effects supervisor: Filmmore
Matthijs Slijkhuis ... visual effects artist
Hans van Helden ... visual effects producer: Filmmore
Robert van Spanje ... visual effects artist
Caroline Voglaire ... visual effects artist: Filmmore
Willem Zwarthoed ... visual effects artist: Filmmore

Stunts

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Rick Wiessenhaan ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Manu Alberts ... steadicam operator
Yves Crabbe ... key grip
Bart De Duytsche ... second assistant camera
Laurens De Grande ... electrician
Gaetan De Poorter ... first assistant camera: second unit
Jan Detavernier ... best boy electric
Sylvain Fradier ... first assistant camera
Nicolas Lagae ... gaffer
Korneel Moeyaert ... trainee electrician
Jeroen Verdonck ... extra grip

Casting Department

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Eva Cools ... assistant casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Aline Jeuris ... costumer

Location Management

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Yoshi Aesaert ... trainee location assistant
Tomas Coppejans ... location manager
Wim Steeman ... location scout

Other crew

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Liesbeth de Wilde ... stage manager
Aude Dobuzinskis ... press attaché
Alberte Gautot ... associate producer
Jean-François Gaye ... press attaché
Richard Lormand ... publicity: International
Koen Maenhout ... digital content manager: Filmmore
Lucie Mottier ... press attaché
Anouk Sluizer ... script supervisor
Ann-Julie Vervaeke ... child coach

Thanks

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Tom Cattrysse ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Over the Blue Sky (Japan, English title)
  • Alabama Monroe (France)
  • The Broken Circle (Germany)
  • Alabama Monroe (Spain)
  • Разомкнутый круг (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,990,754

Did You Know?

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Trivia The movie is based on a play written by Johan Heldenbergh, who also played 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 Groeningen's decision. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Oscars (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Will the Circle Be Unbroken See more »
Quotes Elise Vandevelde: I always knew. That it was too good to be true. That it couldn't last. That life isn't like that, life isn't generous. You mustn't love someone. You mustn't become attached to someone. Life begrudges you that. It takes everything away from you and it laughs in your face. It betrays you.
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