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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Trivia

Sorrow is the only character not to have a narration in her story. 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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Connections

References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Quartet for Strings in D major
Lark" Op. 76/3 Alegro Moderato"
Written by Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Jim Long
Performed by Caspar da Sato Quartet
Courtesy of Point Classics
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A beautifully depicted masterpiece
1 February 2009 | by Dragoneyed363See all my reviews

I was absolutely astonished with how wonderful The Air I Breathe turned out to be. I was expecting it to be really good, basically because of the star-studded cast I believe it has, and in the end, I got an amazing journey with a beautiful story everywhere I looked.

First of all, the actors and actresses of this film make it absolutely unable to miss. They all capture their characters perfectly and make the film unable to look away from with their dedicated, spot-on performances. The plot was also majestic and deep. It was touching and moving in so many ways, and they way it all made sense in the end was simply brilliant. There is not one scene where I thought the creators have added in something mediocre or unnecessary, and there was not one scene where I pressed the pause button to do something, for I could not stop watching it.

It shows how everyones' lives all intertwine in some way and how one person's honest actions can affect the life of another who honestly needs help when they can't find it anywhere else, and it is honestly as beautiful and worth the watch as I am making it sound, honest. This is a must-see, I recommend it for everyone, and usually the haters have to complain about how boring and confusing it is, while I found it at the right pace to keep your attention and understood everything the film meant for us to understand along the way.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 October 2008 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Air I Breathe See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,487, 27 January 2008

Gross USA:

$25,775

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,602,098
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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