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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.


Drake Doremus
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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


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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Did You Know?


On the music stands in Keith's classroom can be seen books from the excellent out-of-print instrumental education series "100 Days to Sight Reading Excellence" by Timothy Cotov and Thomas Murphy. See more »


Sophie: What makes you happy?
Keith: At the moment there's only really one thing that makes me happy.
Sophie: Me?
Keith: It's true.
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All Eyes on You
Written by St. Lucia
Performed by St. Lucia
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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The best is subtle and searing--but then the plot goes for cheap sensation...
25 February 2015 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Breathe In (2013)

An exquisitely written story that belies its simple arc of a plot. On the surface this looks like a story of a married man falling for one of his students—been there done that so many times it might not survive another iteration. But here that basic hook is used to dig rather deeply into the problem of this man's life—not only why he might be tempted into a foolish affair, but why, in a weird way, it isn't (for him) foolish. The first half of this movie plays this out with finesse.

The teacher is worked to a delicate balance by Guy Pearce, an ever thoughtful actor who seems perfectly cast. He's a musician who has turned to teaching music to make a living, and he clearly appreciates art and good music, always for the poetic depth it gives him. His wife (Amy Ryan) is superficial to a perfect degree—her interest is collecting cookie jars. And their daughter is a swimming star, cheerful but not a bit deep. Neither of them gives him a bit of what he really needs.

So when a foreign exchange high school student—a budding pianist—arrives in their house, an obvious opportunity arises. And I don't mean for some fun or an emotional sidetrip, but for a revival of honest feelings for life. Felicity Jones plays this out with an expected mix of shy expectance and seductive depth.

The second half of the movie, unfortunately, lets some of the restraint and delicacy crumble, and the more it descends (or rises, if you like excess) into unlikely extremes, the more it is just a story told for its plot twists. For me that became less interesting, especially because I so much liked the subtle writing in the beginning.

The final scene brings home that the point of the movie really is about that pretense of happiness upper middle class (or upper class) families work so hard to keep. To everyone's detriment. There is a lot here to like in an ultimately compromised plot.

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Release Date:

19 July 2013 (Ireland) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,324, 30 March 2014

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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