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Respire (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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Charlie is an average French suburban teenager, but when she becomes fast friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at school, she discovers there's nothing average about how she feels.

Director:

Mélanie Laurent

Writers:

Anne-Sophie Brasme (novel), Julien Lambroschini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joséphine Japy Joséphine Japy ... Charlie
Lou de Laâge ... Sarah
Isabelle Carré ... Vanessa - la mère de Charlie
Claire Keim Claire Keim ... Laura
Radivoje Bukvic ... Le père de Charlie (as Sasha Bukvic)
Roxane Duran ... Victoire
Thomas Solivérès Thomas Solivérès ... Gastine (as Thomas Solivéres)
Camille Claris Camille Claris ... Delphine
Louka Meliava Louka Meliava ... Lucas
Louise Grinberg Louise Grinberg ... Louise
Fanny Sidney Fanny Sidney ... Isa
Anne Marivin
Marie Denarnaud ... Marie
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... La mère de Sarah
Alejandro Albarracín Alejandro Albarracín ... Esteban
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It is tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie is a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, disillusionment and solitude. When the beautiful and self-confident Sarah arrives and the two become inseparable, Charlie is thrilled to feel alive, fulfilled and invincible in their intense friendship. But as Sarah tires of Charlie and begins to look elsewhere for a new friend, their friendship takes an ominous turn. Written by Mon

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breathe See more »

Filming Locations:

Languedoc-Roussillon, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,063, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,297, 13 December 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.76 : 1
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Sociopath in the Schoolyard
21 November 2015 | by tigerfish50See all my reviews

The opening shots of 'Breathe' depict the tranquil facades of a quiet provincial town in Southern France as a new day dawns. A sensitive teenage girl called Charlie awakens to the habitual sounds of her parents arguing over the father's infidelities. By evening the marriage has disintegrated, and Charlie begins a new chapter in her struggle to avoid emotional stress.

Friendship with a charismatic new classmate called Sarah seems to offer Charlie some refuge from the painful aftermath of her family's break-up. The pair quickly develop a bond - but it soon becomes apparent Sarah shares some of Charlie's father's tendencies toward dishonesty and selfishness. Charlie's hunger for affection makes her especially susceptible to Sarah's deceptions and manipulations, and the relationship transforms into a quicksand of suspicion, jealousy and betrayal. The tension builds to a suffocating level as the shifting alliances of Charlie's teenage community increase her sense of isolation. 'Breathe' has some similarities to the American melodrama 'SWF', but it's far more credible, layered and well constructed. The film is also flawlessly written, directed and acted throughout, which makes its unexpected conclusion especially electrifying.


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