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18th(2016)



Mélanie LAURENT

  • France
  • 2014
  • 90min
  • DCP
  • color
  • Fiction

Violence Friendship Adaptiation

SYNOPSIS

Charlie, caught in the whirlwind of her 17 years. A teenager almost like any other, on longer a child, far form an asult. Talented and pretty, yet prey to douts and disappointments. To solitude. Then Sarah chooses Charlie. And Charlie gets into it. Charlie laughs. Charli is full of life. Intensely. Irreparably, Sarah quickly has her fill. She is the type to throw away her cold, damaged leftovers..and pick herself another friend, another victim. Charlis feels lost. It’s only normal. Charlies is wounded. And it woll be fatal.


 

PROGRAM NOTE


 


 Breathe is the second film by actress and director
 Mélanie LAURENT based on the novel of the same
 name by Anne-Sophie BRASME. Inspired by Albert
 CAMUS\' The Stranger and Patricia Highsmith\'s
 The Talented Mr. Ripley, BRASME portrayed the
 suffocating emotions of a 17-year-old girl who is
 completely caught up in an obsessive love. LAURENT
 delicately portrays soft and sweet but violent and
 cruel Charlie, and the emotional dynamics of Sarah
 with flawless filmmaking technique. During the
 montage scene where the two girls are immediately
 attracted to each other and form an emotional bond,
 LAURENT uses a halo effect behind the girls to
 depict their world as something beautiful and radiant.
 Meanwhile, the mysterious and dramatic music and
 sound effects successfully show Charlie\'s anxiety and
 loneliness. In particular, in the scene where Charlie
 sneaks a peek at Sarah\'s miserable life and realizes
 Sarah has been lying to her, the horizontal tracking
 shot that spans from hallway to home and from room
 to room is simply amazing. A charming, extroverted,
 and skillful liar, Sarah goes between calmness and
 passion to manipulate Charlie\'s feelings, even taking
 away Charlie\'s friends. Rather than winning the
 affections of these friends, Sarah simply wants to
 monopolize Charlie. Nevertheless, the film does not
 portray Sarah as an incomprehensible monster who is
 emotionally manipulative and exploitative. Sarah also
 has a sadness of her own. Especially, in the scenes
 where Charlie tries to use Sarah\'s weakness to get
 hold of her and where Charlie puts herself in the
 position of a victim and refuses the help of her loyal
 friends, Sarah also feels hurt because of Charlie\'s
 passive-aggressive behavior. [CHO HyeYoung]
 

Director

  • Mélanie LAURENTMélanie LAURENT

    Already well-known for her screen work in her native France, Mélanie LAURENT came to the attention of the world film community in 2009 through her portrayal of Shosanna DREYFUS in Quentin TARANTINO’s Inglourious Basterds. Ms. LAURENT wrote and directed the short films À ses pieds and De moins en moins; the latter was showcased at the Cannes International Film Festival. She then directed and starred in her first movie called The Adopted, from her original screenplay. Her second movie as a director Breathe is adapted from the novel Respire by Anne-Sophie BRASME and was selected in Cannes in the section La Semaine de la Critique. She\'s currently directing a documentary called Demain to show all the good initiatives that can be done in ecology. She\'ll be soon releasing the drama Aloft by Claudia LLOSA which was in competition at the last Berlinale.

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