Breathe ★★★★½

Don’t judge a book by its cover. So you think this is just another lame old comfy teenage angst-core? Well you’re wrong ‘cause Breathe boldly takes a giant leap of faith, spinning a 360° loop to draw a gasping sensation.

It’s easier to renounce passion than control it. Meaning we become so preoccupied by it, that we lose a kind of freedom.

A supposedly beautiful platonic friendship that goes awry with distressing consequences and Melanie Laurent totally crushes it. Respire (a.k.a Suffocation) feels so youthfully rich yet vulnerably confined and suppressed by emotional conflicts. Sarah, a gorgeous new girl at school, comes into Charlie’s tedious life like a dream that drenches in cigarette smoke, sweet talks and warm hugs. Gradually, wake up “bisous” turn sourly aggressive and manipulative while Laurent breathes life into the sheer ruthlessness of insecurity-filled adolescence. The movie flows smoothly even with its drastic tonal shifting and the performances from the two girls, Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge, are equally terrific. Handheld cam style intimately slinks around, lingering on the spaced-out faces. A moment of elation quickly dissipates and rejected, dejected sentiments are repeatedly gulped in, then exhaled, inhaled, then stiflingly preparing to implode ... only to forebode an eventual catastrophe - cozy affection deliberately steps into a warzone like high flying panic attack. The girls' are imprisoned in their own toxic relationship as freedom space is minimized to give room for obsessive passion. Respire is one hell of a breeze to take in, with ragged breaths let out in commotion

Is this love ?

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