Breathe Reviews

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December 11, 2019
Breathe is so adept at restraint, it even knows how to use silence to its advantage. It's a film that actually allows itself to breathe.
August 7, 2019
This is a painfully honest examination of young love and the sometimes predatory nature of friendship.
August 23, 2018
Infused with magnetic, dynamic performances from the leading ladies, this is breathtaking filmmaking.
August 23, 2018
...about the surface of faces, the magic of motion, the qualities of light, and the possibilities of color. A film should always strive to be as wonderful as Breathe.
December 12, 2017
It is clear that the idea is to cause discomfort, and of course it generates it... But the approach advances more as the exhibition and demonstration of a case, of a pathology, than as a drama... [Full review in Spanish]
August 14, 2017
There's a fine line between close friendships and toxic ones, and for teenage girls, there's perhaps an even finer one between sapphic love and best friends.
July 28, 2017
Laurent has done her subjects great justice by capturing them at their most unadulterated.
April 19, 2016
Subtitled teen drama with bullying, alcohol, and sex.
February 21, 2016
The examination of the unknowable and undeniable power and pain of a broken friendship on display in Breathe is truly something to behold.
January 5, 2016
A modest but keenly observed coming-of-age drama about an average suburban teenager.
December 4, 2015
Breathe is a deftly observed look at teen power games and how closeness can turn to animosity in one miserable night out.
October 23, 2015
With boys -- and men -- on the side, the females of the film anchor it with ease, once again proving that a good drama is dependent on everything except the actors' genders.
October 19, 2015
Breathe offers ample evidence of the growing confidence and skill of Melanie Laurent as a director.
October 16, 2015
Laurent has an excellent eye for shot composition, and cinematographer Arnaud Potier's crisp photography aids the director in creating an enviable set of gorgeous and memorable shots, and the film is consistently visually compelling.
October 15, 2015
In some ways it plays like a horror movie, in other ways it's almost a documentary.
October 5, 2015
If you think the emotional volatility of adolescent female friendships is a uniquely American phenomenon, Mélanie Laurent's potent psychological drama is evidence to the contrary.
October 5, 2015
A harrowing examination of teen angst, as one girl navigates the highs and lows of an unstable friendship.
October 2, 2015
The subject is the kind of intense "frenemy" relationship only possible between teen girls, and Laurent guides her young stars to naturalistic performances that convey the joys and miseries of adolescence.
October 1, 2015
Nuanced, sensitive, and unflinching ...
September 30, 2015
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.
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