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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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Sorrow's Father


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) »


Happiness. Sorrow. Pleasure. Love. 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 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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Brendan Fraser is looking at pictures of the famous pop star Trysta, played by Sarah Michelle Gellar, real magazine photos of Sarah Michelle Gellar were used. See more »


When Fingers wants Pleasure to listen to some music, the remote doesn't belong to this type of B&O stereo. This stereo always uses a beolink 1000 remote. 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 Krull (1983) See more »


What Cha Gonna Do
Performed by Chris Classic
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Zach Danziger
Courtesy of DeeTown Entertainment
By Arrangement with format
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We all need a way out..
15 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

To begin with, there were times when people didn't care about the money, didn't cry about work, popularity or power.. However, those lovely times are way back in ancient civilizations, while nowadays the religion, the bank and pure emotions steal the scene. These are the subjects I were thinking about a lot lately and probably some of you did too. Therefore, this movie probably was the best movie I could have watched at this part of my life. I did, and now I am happy.

The story of this movie could be easily summarized by one exact quote of just a random-looking worker from the movie: "I need a way out". I couldn't agree more - in todays universe, even more in my country, there are people who live to work. They live to eat, they live to buy some goods and sometimes, they just live to give their problems away to other people... This is actually all covered in this movie by a director that I have never heard of, but it might be a time for me to start learning his name. I began loving this movie from very first fifth minute- to the very end.

The cast is amazing - both main and supporting actors gave me their best. Bacon, Whitaker, Gellar, Fraser, Garsia, Hirch - what a nice choice for this movie! However, if you are not really open minded, you may not like their characters, you may not like the plot, but still, you will love the acting. Persuasive, smart and well done. That's how I would rate the crew members of this movie.

This leads to n awfully understandable conclusion - "The Air I Breathe" is actually one of the best movies I have seen this year, only "25 Hour" moved me more.. Even after seeing Ed's "25 Hour" i was quick to state that crime/drama is from now on my most favorite genre of the movie. Didn't take long to prove that it actually is - thanks to the amazing "The Air I Breathe"

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