France, 2015, 91 min, 2K DCP, Dir. Mélanie Laurent, Unrated, French with English subtitles, Film Movement
"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
Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is seventeen and bored. Her estranged parents are too involved 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 transfer student who brings with her an alluring air of boldness and danger. In her second directorial outing, internationally acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) offers a compelling, superbly acted portrait of adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession that unfolds with equal amounts of tenderness and terror, suggesting a chaste Blue is the Warmest Color by way of Single White Female. Laurent applies a sure, sensitive hand to tonally tricky material. She trusts her gifted young stars with challenging long takes and they reward her faith in abundance. Breathe was the hit of the Critics’ Week at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.