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

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Also Known As:

Cuatro vidas y un destino  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,487, 27 January 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,775, 4 February 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$858,728, 6 June 2008
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Trivia

Each of the four main characters, each an emotion, also represent the four classical elements. Happiness-Air, Pleasure-Fire, Sorrow-Water, and Love-Earth. See more »

Goofs

When "Fingers" shoots "Pleasure" in his apartment and and they show a close up on the ejected brass hitting the carpet, it is obvious that the brass is from a blank. It has the "crimped" end on it where it was sealed. 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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Connections

Features Voyager (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomorrow
Written by Victoria Bergsman
Performed by The Concretes
Courtesy of Astralwerks under license from EMI Film & Television Music &
Courtesy of Playground Music Scandinavia AB/The Concretes
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free your mind
23 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

First of all, for those of you who didn't watch this movie yet I have a piece of advise: just try to WATCH it, not to dissect it or hack it like some of the users above me did. Don't start to watch this with the single purpose of comparing with Altman's "Short Cuts" or Haggis's "Crash". You will waste your time by doing that. Also, if you watch movies looking for a message in every corner and in every line you rather watch "Lord of War" because this is not for you. Oh, I almost forgot. Don't read movie critics reviews before. If you did that keep this in your mind: those guys do exactly what you are not supposed to do with "The Air I Breathe": they dissect it, every inch of it. If you really want to enjoy this one, relax, free your mind and let it come. And that feeling inside you at the end will tell you everything you need about this movie.


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