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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.


Mélanie Laurent


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





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 ... 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 ... Esteban


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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Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breathe See more »

Filming Locations:

Languedoc-Roussillon, France See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,063, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$42,297, 13 December 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.76 : 1
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Swiss censorship visa # 1010.421. See more »

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Some friendship comes fast to scar on your life.
8 June 2015 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Very close to being a French version of the 2003 movie 'Thirteen'. About two 17-year-old girls, Charlie, a privacy girl with the asthma and the new arrival, Sarah, a sarky with the mystery background. A fresh friendship bloom unexpectedly between them, they begin to share everything. As fast they become close, the each others secret reveals, with the same speed a series of conflict forces them away with hatreds. Once again a movie based on the novel of the same name. Melanie Laurent's 2nd movie from the director's chair and she outclassed it.

Intense drama, from the beginning to the end. The story concentrates only these two girls, their first meet, relationship development and the story's conclusion. Very rarely other characters come into the frame with little to deliver speech and exhibit the act. The first half of the film exactly like the first half of the 'Heavenly Creatures'. Closely showcases the two girl's establishments of an unbreakable bond who do lots of mischievous stuffs together. And the second half was like the second half of 'Thirteen'. The fierce battle like environment like the usual catfight, but fairly avoids the overdose which makes a worthy whole.

With you, I feel bad. I lie, I am hard. You make me play the bad guy. It's unbearable.

What makes a two best friends (girls) hate each other, a boy? That's how the story switched from one way to another, a turning point in the storytelling. But this film was not all about fighting for a boy, there's something else which was the backbone to the narration. Weaknesses becomes a pointed gun to the face to deal with. The circle of to be victimized and be a victim was relatively balanced. The incomprehensible teen emotions take the story with the sequences of blames and absolves.

What I don't get is in the most of the movies is at the end why the film character sees the camera. This doubt is because the whole film explains something, but that final frame gives a different dimensional meaning. Maybe the indication of reform, like that happens in the coming-of-age movies either good way or bad. So, according to this movie... Sorry, you have watch to know it.

Impressive display by the lead two girls. Music, locations, everything was fine and holds the story till the last minute with same the intensity, then all the sudden releases it with a shocking twist. It was so quick and unexpected at that moment. So there's where I was disappointed a bit. The end should have been a more suitable one than preferable for a strong finish. But no complaints for the rest, a good teen drama which presents the evolution of love and trust to hate and disgust between two characters.


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