"In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
"An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
– The Hollywood Reporter,
"Melanie Laurent's gorgeous, twisted and confident Breathe is a natural second act to the early moments of Kechiche's time-spanning new classic [Blue is the Warmest Color], applying the same level of care and consideration to the hormonally driven closeness of yet another pair of wild teen girls."
– Film School Rejects,
A taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, Breathe, the sophomore directorial effort from Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners), is an assured adaptation of the sensational French young adult novel of the same name. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too caught up in their own drama to pay her much attention. School holds no surprises either, and Charlie grows tired of her staid friends. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, and through shared secrets, love interests and holiday getaways their relationship deepens to levels of unspoken intimacy. But with this intimacy comes jealousy and unrealistic expectations, and soon the teens find themselves on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable and unforeseen collapse.