Breathe

Directed by Mélanie Laurent
Film Movement
2014
91 Minutes
France
French
Coming of Age, Thriller, Romance, Erotic, LGBTQ, Drama
Not Rated

Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds, Beginners) directs this taut, nuanced story about the depths of female friendships and the dark side of teenage infatuations, based on the best-selling young adult novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme. Seventeen-year-old Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is frustrated by her parents and bored with her life. Enter Sarah (Lou de Laâge), a confident and charismatic new transfer student who exudes an intoxicating air of boldness and danger. The two form an instant connection, but their intimacy also triggers feelings of jealousy and anger, setting them on a dangerous trajectory toward an inevitable yet unforeseen collapse.

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  • "In her second directorial outing, Melanie Laurent offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession."
    Scott Foundas, Variety
  • "An impressive second film that features intelligent writing and several knockout performances...Laurent also impresses here as a director of actors."
    Boyd van Hoeij, 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."
    Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects

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