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France · 2014
1h 31m
Director Mélanie Laurent
Starring Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré, Roxane Duran
Genre Drama

Charlie, a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, is thrilled when she becomes friends with Sarah, the rebellious new girl at her suburban high school. But when Sarah tires of Charlie and looks to move on to new friends, their relationship takes an ominous turn.

Stream Breathe

What are people saying?

Melanie Greenberg Profile picture for Melanie Greenberg

An incredibly important portrayal of the emotional abuse often present in female friendships. A disturbing but essential queer coming-of-age film.

What are critics saying?


The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

Though the story has undergone quite a few changes, what’s intact is the novel’s grittiness and emotional honesty, which more than compensates for the occasional coming-of-age cliche.


Slant Magazine by James Lattimer

Aside from the innate understanding of female friendship dynamics, it's hard to see exactly what else Mélanie Laurent brings to this overly familiar story.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Right up until the film’s very closing moments, in which the carefully maintained tension and tone snaps under the ratchet of one melodramatic turn too many, it is not just an absorbing performance piece, but a film of real directorial confidence and flair.


New York Daily News by Joe Neumaier

This beautifully observed drama creates an intimate feel and gently observed moments of connection and angst. Then things move forward with almost too heavy of a heart.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Breathe, the second feature directed by French actress Mélanie Laurent (best known for playing the vengeful Shoshanna in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds), tackles the subject from a refreshingly novel angle, depicting a platonic friendship that quickly grows toxic.


Variety by Scott Foundas

Melanie Laurent brings a sure, sensitive hand to tonally tricky material and draws superb work from relative newcomers Josephine Japy (“Cloclo”) and Lou De Laage (“Jappeloup”).


The New York Times by Stephen Holden

Breathe conveys an uncanny insight into the psychology of late adolescence, when lingering childhood fantasies can combust with burgeoning adult sexuality in a swirl of uncontrollable feelings.

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