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The Air I Breathe (2007)

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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The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. See more »

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

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17 October 2008 (Mexico)  »

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Cuatro vidas y un destino  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$19,487 (USA) (25 January 2008)
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Sorrow is the only character not to have a narration in her story. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[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 Krull (1983) See more »

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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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The Air I Breathe
16 February 2008 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

It's interesting. This film did receive a lot of bad reviews from most film critics. But then again, this film is not intended for the educated and demanding critics.

It's rather intended for the oblivious Generation X who is lost in chaos and holds on to the little bit of hope that is left in a bleak future yet to come.(you know who you are)

The Air I Breath tells a story of amazing yet globally recognizable incidences and displays numerous examples of clairvoyance, Deja-Vu, synchronicity and coincidence from a somewhat Zen/Jungian point of view, although far more pessimistic.

The plot is told from various perspectives that all intervene in one way or the other a la Magnolia/Pulp Fiction/etc. Those who enjoyed flicks like The Butterfly Effect and Donnie Darko will possibly possess the right view and the right questions to enjoy this film.

The film has a comic book/graphic novel taste to it, and those familiar with Neil Gaiman's work should be in for a treat. The photography vaguely reminded me of Sin City although it's not half as good. The major problem lies with the Asian Soap Opera dialog that gets cheesy after a while and easily evokes the narrow mindedness and irritation of the cynical viewers.

This film is more intended for the young, open minded New Serenity movement who seek answers and comfort in life.


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