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Deep Breath (2001)

Le souffle (original title)
David is a teenager like any other. His world is filled with loud music, imaginary encounters with centre-folds, and heroic fights on make-believe battlefields. With his mother away and his... See full synopsis »

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Damien Odoul

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Cast overview:
Pierre-Louis Bonnetblanc Pierre-Louis Bonnetblanc ... David
Dominique Chevalier Dominique Chevalier ... Jacques (as Dominique Chevallier)
Maxime Dalbrut Maxime Dalbrut ... Paul
Jean-Claude Lecante Jean-Claude Lecante ... John
Jean Milord Jean Milord ... M'sieur Milord
Stéphane Terpereau Stéphane Terpereau ... Stef
Thierry Benoiton Thierry Benoiton ... Kangourou
Pierre Lasvaud Pierre Lasvaud ... Pierrot
Laurent Simon Laurent Simon ... Matthieu
Laure Magadoux Laure Magadoux ... Aurore
Françoise Masset Françoise Masset ... La mère d'Aurore
Yvon Repérant Yvon Repérant ... Le père d'Aurore
Max Eyrolle Max Eyrolle ... Le pêcheur
Antoine Lacomblez Antoine Lacomblez ... Gérard, le père de Matthieu
Damien Odoul Damien Odoul ... Le diable
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David is a teenager like any other. His world is filled with loud music, imaginary encounters with centre-folds, and heroic fights on make-believe battlefields. With his mother away and his father nowhere to be found, David id forced to stay on his uncle's farm, where life lacks the excitement he craves.

But the monotony of county living is about to be broken as his uncle and a collection of his friends get together for an afternoon of excessive eating and drinking, to which David is invited. Later that evening, David goes to meet a friend in the woods. Here, the effects of his drink-fuelled initiation and the frustration he feels, generally find a brutal and horrifying outlet that will change his life forever...

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7 November 2001 (France) See more »

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Le Souffle is tantalizing and poetic.
16 April 2003 | by edwardlambertiSee all my reviews

David (Pierre-Louis Bonnetblanc) is a teenager spending the summer holiday on his uncle's farm. The film depicts a special day on the farm for David: the first time his two uncles allow him to eat and drink with the men - a group of farmers and other country dwellers. David gets drunk, throws up, lazes around in the sun, and then wanders off through the fields to meet his friend Matthieu (Laurent Simon). It's a day fraught with tension and incident.

Le Souffle is the debut feature film from writer-director Damien Odoul. It is an odd, tantalizing mixture: the carefully shot (in black and white), rather straightforward storytelling is set alongside some surreal and poetic imagery, all of which hints at a bold talent preparing to flourish. So for the most part we get nicely observed, almost documentary-style shots of farm life (e.g. a farmer slits a lamb's throat in close-up) and the countryside on a swelteringly hot day. And we also see some of David's fantasies - or, perhaps more accurately, poetic extensions of his state of mind: he imagines himself covered in mud, frolicking in the woods with wolves, wrestling with his uncles and drifting on the water with a girl.

As David, the previously unknown Bonnetblanc gives a performance which is startling in the way it lacks vanity: he portrays the frustration, awkwardness and casualness of this bored adolescent's day in the sun so well, it sometimes feel as if the viewer is intruding; he's an actor to watch out for. The rest of the cast is good too, although one wonders whether the film sometimes offers a limited view of the secondary characters. Perhaps, though, it's just aiming to portray the limitations of the world in which David is being brought up: he's fatherless, and we might hope that he will have more positive influences around him than these men who seem so scornful of their own upbringings and rather dismissive towards their wives.

In general, then, Le Souffle, at 77 minutes, manages to make quite an impact, and I'm looking forward to Odoul's - and Bonnetblanc's - next work.


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