Acclaimed actress Mélanie Laurent takes the director’s chair for this emotionally seductive and hugely affecting drama about an adolescent friendship perched on the brink of obsession.
When Charlie (Joséphine Japy) – an attractive but self-doubting 17-year-old – meets the charismatic, forthright and unruly Sarah (star on the rise Lou de Laâge), they immediately form an intense and exhilarating bond. Sarah offers both companionship and support for Charlie at a time when she desperately needs it, while her unstable mother (the superb Isabelle Carré) copes badly with impending divorce. But their inseparable, idyllic existence soon steers into dangerous territory…
Skilfully adapted from the controversial, best-selling novel by Anne-Sophie Brasme, Laurent’s gorgeously shot, highly refined thriller delves into the deep and dark connections that make youthful relationships so quixotic and powerful. The stellar performances of her actors – completely submerged under the skin of their characters – deliver extraordinary impact as the film builds to its breathtaking dénouement. A breakout success at both the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, Breathe confirms Laurent as a major new directorial talent.
PLEASE NOTE: Film screened in French with English subtitles