The Broken Circle Breakdown

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Production: Tribeca Film
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 24 nominations.
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111 min

D'you expect us to carry on

living in that caravan with a baby?

Hello, Maybelle.

- Hello, doctor.

I love your face.

You can go home tomorrow.

- Yes!

Great, eh? But you have to

come back in a few weeks.

Like I told you, eh?

- Yes.

Then we can see

if Captain Chemo won the fight.

Thank you, doctor.

What are you?

- A tiger.

A tiger.

And what is Mummy?

- A butterfly.

What do tigers do?

What's that?

Can you hear what I can hear?

There's someone in our house.

Do you dare go and take a look?

Cos I don't. Go and see.

Are you going to go and see?

Well? Can you see anything?

Funny, aren't they?

I'm so pleased you're back.

- Welcome home.

That's beautiful!

Do you like it?

- Yes.

Go on.

- What?

Carry on.

Hey, darling.

- Yeah?

How about building a veranda

onto the front of the house?

A what? A veranda?

There's nothing more useless

than a veranda.

You never sit in it.

You bought some steak tartare.

But it'd be great, wouldn't it?

- A veranda is great.

Oh, come on, sweetheart.

In summer you go outside when it's hot

and in winter you stay indoors

by the stove.

But we live in Belgium,

where it's a bit too cold to sit outside

and a bit too hot to stay indoors.

You really bought some steak tartare?

That's not steak tartare!

- It's vegetarian. Nice, isn't it?

Bloody hell! Come on!

I don't like sitting in the wind

and neither does our baby.

So it's decided, you need a veranda.

OK, you'll get your veranda but this is

the last time you use that argument.


- What? It's only a veranda.

Well? Do you know what it is yet?

- A baby, I reckon.

But I can't be sure. With Didier being

such a stallion, it could be a foal.


It's coming. My water has broken.

Keep calm. Sit down.

- No.

Keep calm, keep calm.

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Johan Heldenbergh

Johan Heldenbergh (born 9 February 1967) is a Belgian actor, playwright, screenwriter, theatre director and film director. He gained international fame by starring in films, including A Day in a Life (2007), Moscow, Belgium (2008), The Misfortunates (2009) and The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) and The Zookeeper's Wife (2017). more…

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