Breathe 2015

Breathe

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Breathe finds writer-director Mélanie Laurent opening a sensitive, well-acted window into the bittersweet upheaval of adolescence.

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Charlie, a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, is thrilled when she becomes friends with Sarah, but when Sarah tires of Charlie and looks for a new friend, their relationship takes an ominous turn.

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  • Breathe is a deftly observed look at teen power games and how closeness can turn to animosity in one miserable night out.

    December 4, 2015
  • In some ways it plays like a horror movie, in other ways it's almost a documentary.

    October 15, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Nuanced, sensitive, and unflinching ...

    October 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • These are extraordinary performances, and considering France's way of nurturing female talent, Japy and de Laage could be at the dawn of 40-year careers. They're that good.

    September 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The entire piece is precisely woven together, from script to performance to execution, and the result is a chilling study of emotional annihilation and its aftermath.

    September 18, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I can tell you that Ms. Laurent's direction is astute and economical, that both of the film's young stars give fine performances, and that "Breathe" is a very good title for a film that ever so gradually takes your breath away.

    September 17, 2015 | Full Review…

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