Breathe Reviews

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 15, 2015
In some ways it plays like a horror movie, in other ways it's almost a documentary.
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.
September 18, 2015
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 17, 2015
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 16, 2015
Breathe is also about the great intimacy between girls that is an exclusively female domain (the closest boys can achieve is a bromance, but don't even think about cuddling and stuff, bro).
September 15, 2015
An obsessive friendship between two teenage girls unfolds with equal amounts of tenderness and terror in Breathe, a modest but acutely observed and affecting adolescent portrait.
September 15, 2015
Though the story has undergone quite a few changes, what's intact is the novel's grittiness and emotional honesty, which more than compensates for the occasional coming-of-age cliche.
September 11, 2015
With her co-screenwriter, Julien Lambroschini, Laurent doesn't make the mistake of overhyping the mounting dread. The intensity is best served by their methodical, low-key approach.
September 11, 2015
This is well-observed stuff, the hysteria of a new friendship, and the moments when the abyss opens up, yawning underneath what once seemed perfect.
September 10, 2015
"Breathe" conveys an uncanny insight into the psychology of late adolescence, when lingering childhood fantasies can combust with burgeoning adult sexuality in a swirl of uncontrollable feelings.
September 10, 2015
Sarah's story doesn't track with reality, which is easy enough to predict. But what's overwhelming is how Laurent's film seems to understand the ache of tentative teenage friendship.
September 9, 2015
One of the best films of the year. ... Anchored by exceptional performances by the main actresses, "Breathe" is a confrontation with the terrifying volatility of adolescence.
September 9, 2015
It's perhaps no surprise that Laurent, who could probably have played Sarah herself a decade ago, gets superb performances from her two young leads.
September 8, 2015
It's a chilly, elegantly assured little picture, a horror story with its roots not in fantasy but in the reality of hurt feelings.