Breathe (2015)


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


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Melanie Laurent's teen psychological drama Breathe stars Josephine Japy as Charlie, a seventeen-year-old who does well in school and seems to have everything going for her. When the much more sophisticated Sarah (Loe de Laage} moves to town, however, Charlie finds herself drawn to the world girl whose mother supposedly works for an NGO. The two become fast friends, but soon Sarah makes Charlie uncomfortable with her wilder ways. When Sarah Charlie learns a secret about Sarah, their relationship takes a sinister turn. Breathe screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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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.

Dec 4, 2015

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

Oct 15, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Nuanced, sensitive, and unflinching ...

Oct 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 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.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

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