Breathe In (2013)
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What swings it are irresistible performances from Felicity Jones and Guy Pearce.
Director Drake Doremus confirms his knack for pinpointing subtle emotional tremors on fragile personal landscapes, even if some too-easy coincidences and pat dramatic moments chip away at the compressed story's credibility.
While the plot -- too low-key to be called a thriller -- points toward obvious extramarital cliches, delicate changes in the overall mood reveal deeper truths likely to resonate with middle-aged arthouse patrons.
Doremus opts for a slow boil compared to his previous film's passionate whirlwind, while maintaining a sense of intimacy and urgency magnified by Jones and Guy Pearce's soulful performances.
After chosing her roles wisely, brilliant Felicity [Jones] is right at the point where her film career is set to really take off.
Older man, younger woman? This could easily be clichéd or icky, or worse. Fortunately, Doremus handles the pair's relationship with restraint and his leads, improvising their dialogue, deliver terrific performances.
The film, for all its Lolita-esque potential, is remarkably chaste. The pair's magnetism is driven less by lust than the will to escape everything they see as holding them back. It is never exactly clear who is leading and who is being led.
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This is the kind of movie conceived as a tasteful attraction for people who consider themselves superior to the similar but vulgar Richard Dreyfuss vehicle Mr Holland's Opus. Give me Mr Holland any day.
A very controlled, well-executed picture in which the flash of passion never quite arrives.
Doremus is aware of the evocative power of light, capturing the sensuousness of a warm summer night or the intimacy of a pale, misty rain that wraps around the house like a blanket.
The whole thing unspools at such an unremittingly earnest pitch that it leaves you groping under your seat for a ventilator.
The plotting is a little too neat but the acting is first rate and Doremus side-steps obvious cliches in the unfolding attraction between older man and younger woman.
It's a strikingly authentic chronicle of forbidden love and one that never lapses into melodrama or hits a false note.
There are halting verbal exchanges, half-smiles and Pearce gazing wistfully out of windows (mourning his youth), all of which creates a dreamy, seductive atmosphere.
Delicate in its portrayal of a shifting family dynamic, this is another film to mark Doremus out as a talent to watch.
It may not sound much, but it's a rare drama confident enough to offer a portrait of normality, then let things elegantly unravel.
Doremus just can't seem to tease out psychologically interesting performances from talented actors. Too bad.
A drably predictable effort which peters out with a whimper rather than a bang ...
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