The Air I Breathe (2007)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  17 October 2008 (Mexico)
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A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.



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A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Plot Keywords:

gangster | bet | money | love | blood | See All (245) »


Sometimes the things we can't change...end up changing us. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro vidas y un destino  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,487 (USA) (25 January 2008)


$19,487 (USA) (25 January 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a pop star, however she does not sing any songs herself. They are originally sung by Kim Wayman. See more »


When Pleasure gives Happiness the gun, the cut on his face has only one bandage shown, but in the rest of the movie there are two. See more »


[first lines]
Happiness: I always wondered, when a butterfly leaves the safety of its cocoon, does it realize how beautiful it has become? Or does it still just see itself as a caterpillar?
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References Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »


Sweet Spot
Written by Shelly Peiken, Lindy Robbins and David Michael Frank (as David Frank)
Produced by Ali Dee for DeeTown Entertainment
Performed by Kim Wayman
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User Reviews

Core -Shaker
19 December 2007 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

This is one of the movies that if you pay close attention to the story and what the message is you will find yourself profoundly stupid and clueless when it comes to basic human emotions and how everything is somehow connected.(chaos theory...?) the performances were absolutely amazing.I'd never seen Sarah Michelle Gellar portray such a role so well,she really moved me as Sorrow and Forest Whitaker as well.The roles fit the actors like a glove.the photography is beautiful.the story is very moving and the ending surprising. loved it +++++++ Maybe it wont make it as one of the greatest films ever but it's the kind of movie i'd like to store and watch again sometime later in the future instead of some box office hit.

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