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The Air I Breathe (2007)

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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.

Director:

Jieho Lee

Writers:

Jieho Lee, Bob DeRosa

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Bacon ... Love
Julie Delpy ... Gina
Brendan Fraser ... Pleasure
Andy Garcia ... Fingers
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Sorrow
Clark Gregg ... Henry
Emile Hirsch ... Tony
Forest Whitaker ... Happiness
Kelly Hu ... Jiyoung
Evan Parke ... Danny
Taylor Nichols ... Sorrow's Father
Victor Rivers ... Eddie
Cecilia Suárez ... Allison
Todd Stashwick ... Frank
Jon Bernthal ... Interviewer
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Happiness. Sorrow. Pleasure. Love. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro vidas y un destino See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 Gina is in the hospital, we see the patient monitor in demonstration mode ("demo" is flashing). It also indicates the patient is an adult male. 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

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Core -Shaker
19 December 2007 | by xnofeelingsxSee 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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