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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

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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The flashbacks of Gina are actually clips of Julie Delpy from Voyager (1991). In that film, her character was also bitten by a snake. See more »

Goofs

There are no visible marks or blood on Love's face when he's in the car after being beaten up by Sorrow securities. 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 Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Turnstile Blues
Written by Carla Azar, Greg Edwards and Eugene Goreshter
Performed by Autolux
Courtesy of Red Ink
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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We all need a way out..
15 February 2008 | by swApppSee 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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