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Alabama Monroe

The Broken Circle Breakdown

Réalisé par Felix Van Groeningen
Belgique, 2012
Drame, Romantique, Musique


Didier and Elise’s relationship is stormy and passionate; it’s love at first sight. Didier plays the banjo in a bluegrass band and Elise owns her own tattoo parlor. 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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Alabama Monroe Réalisé par Felix Van Groeningen

Prix & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2013 | 4 prix remportés dont : Label Europa Cinemas

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominé : Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Les César du cinéma

2014 | Lauréat : Best Foreign Film

Like Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing(1980), this jumps between the lovers’ courtship, struggle, and dissolution; instead of making the familiar story line feel unpredictable, however, this cut-up approach gives way to a different kind of pattern. The movie swings like a pendulum between elation and despair, with little time devoted to anything in between.
January 22, 2014
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Felix Van Groeningen’s film strikes some powerful emotional chords, even as its flashback/flash-forward formula wears thin. In one heart-warming scene, Didier’s shaggy bandmates serenade Maybelle. The honeyed musical performances are one of the film’s most appealing aspects… Touching if not always coherent, The Broken Circle Breakdown is a strange film but one worth watching.
November 12, 2013
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At 110 minutes, one of the most remarkable things about this film is that it manages to feel so rich and expansive. Part of the magic is in the editing, which segues back and forth in time, from high moments to low, in much the same way as Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine (2010) – and achieves the same intensity of feeling by the juxtaposition.
September 26, 2013
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