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Breathe In (2013)

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When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.

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Drake Doremus
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Keith Reynolds
Felicity Jones ... Sophie
Amy Ryan ... Megan Reynolds
Mackenzie Davis ... Lauren Reynolds
Matthew Daddario ... Aaron
Ben Shenkman ... Sheldon
Alexandra Wentworth ... Wendy Sebeck (as Ali Wentworth)
Nathaniel Peart Nathaniel Peart ... Blake Sebeck
Hugo Becker ... Clement
Shannon Garland ... Lainey Sebeck
Elise Eberle ... Angela
Nicole Patrick ... Theresa
Brock Harris ... Paul
Brendan Dooling ... Ryan
Annie Q. ... Chloe
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When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2013 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasión inocente See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,324, 30 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,324, 30 March 2014
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Although Felicity Jones depicts a high school teenager in this film, she was actually 27-28 when it was filmed and 30 when it was released in the US. See more »

Quotes

Keith: Why *don't* you wanna play?
Sophie: I don't know. I want to choose to play. I don't wanna... do it because I can.
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Ballade No. 2 in F, Op 38
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Aleksandra Sasha Kozlov-Silber
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Cold and melancholic, but it has a heart buried deep down that wins you over.
28 November 2013 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

It appears Drake Doremus is fascinated by English-American relationships to the point of obsession. I didn't see his previous film Like Crazy as it was a little too close to home for me and I didn't wanna risk the potential dreary things it had to say. But then, maybe Doremus is just fascinated by Felicity Jones. Although I loved her in Cemetery Junction, I haven't seen any of her films since. She has a strange screen presence where she can go from charming to icy, perhaps at will. And maybe that suits this quiet and subtle film. Much like the perspective of its protagonist, a stifled artist played by Guy Pearce, Breathe In plays its first hour deliberately close to the chest with cold mundane sequences detailing the characters plain routine of life. It captures it in voyeuristic cinematography, saturating their world in dull blues and greys.

With improvised dialogue from the actors in an attempt to feel its way through the drama of the film, acting can sometimes feel natural but more often than not, it can feel awkward. It's a double-edged sword in its style of choice, one that's a risk in if it'll pay off. It's a slow build, and unfortunately one that feels like it's not setting up enough. But this is a difficult topic. Older man and younger woman relationships can often feel uncomfortable, especially when it's a challenge to get the audience to sympathise with such privileged characters in the first place. If there was one thing that could save Breathe In from averageness, it was making the core relationship sincere. And a pleasant surprise, it won me over. It taps into the human condition and reveals the emotional needs that bind us all. That connection bolsters the film significantly and makes its relatively urgent third act all the more compelling. While it can feel unnecessarily melancholic, Breathe In is a film of rewarding delicate touches if in small doses.

7/10


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