Respire (2014)

Director:Melanie Laurent Producer:Bruno Levy Story: Based on Respire by Anne-Sophie Brasme

Screenplay by:Julien Lambroschini, Mélanie Laurent  Music by:Marc Chouarain Cinematography:Arnaud Potier  

Edited by:Guerric Catala Running time:91 min Country:France Language:French Genre:Drama  Subtitle:English 

Starring: Joséphine Japy as Charlie, Lou de Laâge as Sarah, Isabelle Carré as Vanessa, Charlie''s mother,
Claire Keim as Laura, Charlie''s aunt
, Roxane Duran as Victoire, Thomas Solivéres as Gastine, Camille Claris as Delphine,
Alejandro Albarracín as Esteban
, Radivoje Bukvic as Charlie''s father, Louka Meliava as Lucas, Louise Grinberg as Louise,
Fanny Sidney as Isa
, Carole Franck as Sarah''s mother








Atlanta Film Festival 2015

Jury Award
Best Narrative Feature
Mélanie Laurent 

Cannes Film Festival 2014

Queer Palm
Mélanie Laurent 

César Awards, France 2015

Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin)
Lou de Laâge 
Most Promising Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin)
Joséphine Japy 

Hamptons International Film Festival 2014

Golden Starfish Award
Narrative Feature
Mélanie Laurent 

Lumiere Awards, France 2015

CST Award
Arnaud Potier 
Lumiere Award
Most Promising Young Actress (Meilleur espoir féminin)
Joséphine Japy 
Lou de Laâge 

Oldenburg Film Festival 2014

German Independence Award - Audience Award
Mélanie Laurent 

Stockholm Film Festival 2014

Bronze Horse
Best Film
Mélanie Laurent 

The strange relationship between two young girls leads to a dangerous and deadly end.

It is tale of two teenage girls who develop an intense and dangerous friendship. Charlie is a 17-year-old girl tortured by doubt, disillusionment and solitude. When the beautiful and self-confident Sarah arrives and the two become inseparable, Charlie is thrilled to feel alive, fulfilled and invincible in their intense friendship. But as Sarah tires of Charlie and begins to look elsewhere for a new friend, their friendship takes an ominous turn. Written by Mon

Respire (also known as Breathe) is a 2014 French drama film based on the novel of the same name by Anne-Sophie Brasme. The film was directed by Mélanie Laurent and stars Joséphine Japy, Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Carré and Claire Keim. It was screened in the International Critics'' Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. In January 2015, the film received three nominations at the 20th Lumières Awards and two nominations at the 40th César Awards.

User Reviews

A quiet, disquieting portrayal of the potency of emotional conflict at Teen-age

24 March 2015 | by sepial
So she''s a great director, too. I still haven''t seen Laurent''s ''Les Adoptes'', but will close this gap asap after watching this her 2nd feature film. On the surface alone ''Respire'' offers everything that''s good about and expected from a social drama produced in Europe: hand- held camera, faithfulness to the light in which we''d see each scenery in real life, the effects being in the faces rather than in post production. The story being told by those faces as much as by film narrative, foremost by Josephine Japy''s face. And the film unfolds as everything but mere surface. It''s a very simple story, a school friendship going awry with tragic consequences, but Laurent''s focus is on the subtleties of this relationship''s evolution in each moment, and in collaboration with formidable acting this makes it a compelling watch. One small but powerful feature of film language that particularly delighted me was the smart use of slow motion: slow-mo is too often used in other films in a very annoying, bashful in-your-face way, here it is sparsely used, brief moments that follow the sole purpose of accentuating, and these moments work. The final result is a quiet, engaging, and ultimately disquieting and unsettling portrayal of the potency of emotional conflict at teen-age, of how unrehearsed and thus affecting, cruel and potentially dramatic and disastrous actions and reactions can be, especially if the pretence of adjustment hides the cracks of insufficient, failing or absent home support. Reacting increasingly becomes overreacting, foreboding eventual catastrophe; vulnerability takes vengeance on the greater vulnerability, and it is the containment of this greater vulnerability beating with the heart of the more reasoned protagonist that will in the end cease abruptly and give way to a surrender of control. The final take, as simple, precise and convincing as the entire film, is nothing short of ingenious. Praise be due to the performances of both leads, especially Josephine Japy (often reminding me of a young Binoche), as well as that of Isabelle Carre, playing Charlie''s mother.