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Breathe In (2013)

  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 3,391 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
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  • IMDb page: Breathe In (2013)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 3,391 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 28 March 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Filming Location: Terminal 4, JFK International Airport, Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
  • Gross: $15,324 (USA) (28 March 2014)
  • Director: Drake Doremus
  • Stars: Felicity Jones, Guy Pearce, Mackenzie Davis | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Dustin O'Halloran   
  • Soundtrack: Ballade No. 2 in F, Op 38
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Foreign Exchange Student | Old Photograph | Bare Chested Male | Husband Wife Relationship | Swimmer

Writing Credits By:

  • Drake Doremus (written by) &
  • Ben York Jones (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Although Felicity Jones depicts a high school teenager in this film, she was actually 27-28 when it was filmed and 30 when it was released in the US. 5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family's relationships and alters their lives forever. |  »

Story: When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Bederman known as line producer: additional photography
  • Kathryn Dean known as co-producer
  • Michael A. Pruss known as co-producer (as Michael Pruss)
  • Steven M. Rales known as producer
  • Mark Roybal known as producer
  • Jonathan Schwartz known as producer
  • Andrea Sperling known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Guy Pearce known as Keith Reynolds
  • Amy Ryan known as Megan Reynolds
  • Felicity Jones known as Sophie
  • Mackenzie Davis known as Lauren Reynolds
  • Matthew Daddario known as Aaron
  • Ben Shenkman known as Sheldon
  • Alexandra Wentworth known as Wendy Sebeck (as Ali Wentworth)
  • Nathaniel Peart known as Blake Sebeck
  • Hugo Becker known as Clement
  • Shannon Garland known as Lainey Sebeck
  • Elise Eberle known as Angela
  • Nicole Patrick known as Theresa
  • Brock Harris known as Paul
  • Brendan Dooling known as Ryan
  • Annie Q. known as Chloe
  • Scott Singer known as Photographer
  • Vivienne Sendaydiego known as Photographer's Assistant
  • Mellini Kantayya known as Doctor
  • Catherine Wolf known as Customer
  • Adam Metzger known as Byron
  • Zachary Lindberg known as Sophomore Piano Student
  • Wesley Ambrecht known as Red Team Swim Captain (uncredited)
  • Giordona Aviv known as Bartender (uncredited)
  • Mark Boyett known as Swim Dad (uncredited)
  • Paul Caamano known as Theater Goer (uncredited)
  • Rich Campbell known as Audition Accompanist (uncredited)
  • Kay Copeland known as Girl (Co-Star) (uncredited)
  • Karen Culp known as Swim Mom (uncredited)
  • Lucy Davenport known as Sophie's mom (uncredited)
  • Paxx DeWolfe known as Swim Team Captain (uncredited)
  • Hanna Gedy known as Swimmer (uncredited)
  • Eric Michael Gillett known as Stage Manager (uncredited)
  • Shea Glaser known as Jess (uncredited)
  • Jenny Anne Hochberg known as Swim Team Member (uncredited)
  • Rosemary Howard known as Airport Traveller (uncredited)
  • Kyle MacLachlan known as Peter Sebeck (uncredited)
  • Roy Pollack known as Theatergoer (uncredited)
  • Stephen Sapienza known as Swim Team Member (uncredited)
  • Jane Taylor known as School Student (uncredited)
  • Paul Thornton known as Orchestra concert goer (uncredited)
  • Naeem Uzimann known as Air Traveller (uncredited)
  • Ken Willox known as Lifeguard (uncredited)
  • Bill Winkler known as Megaphone Man (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ma Kalaadevi Ananda known as makeup department head (as Kalaadevi Ananda)
  • Qodi Armstrong known as hair department head
  • Nick London known as key makeup artist
  • Johnny Mooi known as key hair stylist: additional photography
  • Cynthia O'Rourke known as key makeup artist: additional photography
  • Joelle Troisi known as additional makeup artist: additional photography
  • Dawn Tunnell known as makeup department head: additional photography

Art Department:

  • Haleh Atabeigi known as painter
  • Robert Braun known as painter
  • Gene Buser known as charge scenic
  • Micaela Caleolon known as set dresser
  • Katie Dino known as set dresser
  • Mark Fitzgibbons known as painter
  • Courtney Fitzpatrick known as set dresser
  • Flo Frintzilas known as painter
  • Liza Grant known as props
  • Jennifer Jeffers-Schwartz known as food stylist
  • David Kleinman known as art pa
  • Santos Montano known as set dresser
  • Neela Rastogi known as construction pa
  • Christopher Rovira known as foreman carpenter
  • Paul Rovira known as key carpenter
  • Pierre Rovira known as construction coordinator
  • Cliff Schorr known as charge scenic
  • Darren Sharkey known as set dresser
  • Jenny Shields known as set dresser
  • Adam Smith known as leadman
  • Andrew Szczepaniec known as painter
  • Joanna Tillman known as property master
  • Benjamin Woodward known as on set dresser (as Ben Woodward)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Indian Paintbrush
  • Super Crispy Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • ARRI / Camera Service Center  camera equipment provided by
  • De Lane Lea  ADR recording
  • Digital Post Services  trailer mastering
  • Mission Post  sound post-production
  • Nice Dissolve  digital dailies
  • Vantage Film  HAWK anamorphic lenses provided by

Distributors:

  • Cohen Media Group (2013) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2013) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • JIL (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2014) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universum Film (UFA) (2014) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Zon Audiovisuais (2014) (Portugal) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Aaron Peak known as colorist: Hollywood-DI

MPAA: Rated R for some language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Emma_Holofcener from United States
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Unhappily married man falls for beautiful woman half his age whom hebelieves will free him from his imaginary prison: this plot has beendone so many times, very rarely with any creativity or passion, and soDrake Doremus' latest addition to the anthology, Breathe In, doesn'tinspire much excitement at first glance. But Doremus successfullysidesteps the staple clichés of the infidelity drama and has crafted anoddly delicate, taut, and surgical film that captivates and succeeds inspite of a few minor plot conveniences.

    Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) is an ex-guitarist whose passions andhobbies have been stifled in favor of a suffocating teaching job and aquiet home life in a New York suburb with wife Megan (Amy Ryan) anddaughter Lauren (Mackenzie Davis, a real find). During Lauren's senioryear of high school, the family hosts pleasant but guarded exchangestudent Sophie (Felicity Jones), whose presence chips away at anevidently already fragile marriage and Keith's resentfully upheldresponsibilities.

    Doremus' breakthrough picture Like Crazy (also starring Jones) drew itsfair share of detractors for its unconvincing plot developments andshockingly naive characters. He still doesn't have a complete handle onhow to let plots develop organically, and Keith and Sophie aredestructive and weak-willed if not naive, but Doremus is clearlygrowing as a writer: the bumps are less jarring, the characters moreunderstandable. Breathe In is expertly precise and poetically delicate:sensational arguments and wild sex scenes are excluded in favor ofsubtle tremors in relationship dynamics and a tentative, genuine mentalconnection between the two leads. A plot line that lends itself easilyto melodrama is instead executed with restraint and grace: Keith andSophie don't even kiss until over an hour into the film and insteadgrow closer through fleeting glances, shared passions, mutual desiresto break free, and support and curiosity that neither have receivedfrom another person in a very long time. Refreshingly, for once, it'snot at all about sex – it is sensual, but the leads connect on aprofound, intimate level rather than a physical one and, strangelyenough, there are times when you can't help but want them to betogether.

    Pearce gives his best performance in years here as vulnerable andsecretly needy Keith; he perfectly captures the crushing regret andchildish idealism of a midlife crisis, and his slow unraveling atSophie's touch is beautiful to watch. Jones, for the third year in arow, deserves some serious attention for her work here – Sophie is astereotypical faux-intellectual, confident she sees all and knows all,and Jones retains that adolescent conceit while imbuing her with adeep, affecting loneliness and pain and a quiet but steely veneermasking it from the world. It's less showy, but more intricate andadult than her work in Like Crazy. Mackenzie Davis' first major movierole is pretty demanding and full of pitfalls, yet she creates the mostsympathetic character in the film. Amy Ryan unfortunately isn't givenmuch to do, and occasionally her character feels uncomfortablevillainized, but she gives Jones a look at the end of the film thatsays much more than a 10- minute screaming scene ever could andconfirms that she is one of the most insightful and communicativeactresses around. There's not much dialogue in the film, and most of itis layered with subtext rather than explicitly revealing, so a greatdeal of responsibility falls on the cast's shoulders, and they morethan carry their weight.

    Critics of Like Crazy probably won't be won over by Breathe In as interms of direction, style and writing it follows many of the sameformulas – a simple piano score, natural and unaffected cinematography,many close-ups and scenes where nothing at all is communicatedverbally. The characters are less likable this time, and while they aremore fleshed out and therefore easier to relate to, it's difficult tofind someone to root for. But Doremus is maturing: there's lessreliance on plot contrivances to move the story along, and instead helets the tiny fissures, the soundless sensuality, and the growingtension drive the film to its explosive and agonizing finale. There issome great character- and dynamic-building here, and once Doremus has abetter grasp of storytelling, he will really be a force to be reckonedwith.

  2. Siren555 from United States
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    No mere love story, "Breathe In" is a quietly powerful film about twopeople who are eloquently and achingly swept up in a deep "connection"that defies description. To label this honest and beautiful film a"family drama" does it an injustice, but if that's what it is, then"Breathe In" is the best family drama I have ever seen. Felicity Jonesas Sophie, the visitor, is captivating — insightful, kind, and vaguelytroubled. Sophie also happens to be a piano prodigy, perhaps anallusion to being a sort of "prodigal daughter." The film's atmosphereis masterful,an outstanding collaboration of cinematography, productiondesign, and music. Breathe In maintains tension without ever becomingshrill,oppressive, or melodramatic, a balance that has been difficultto strike in so many of the "family dramas" that have come before it.

  3. Pamela Powell from United States
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    This film was an emotionally loaded, well-acted, deftly directly moviewith a musical score that left me breathless!  I had the pleasure (andluck) to see this during its opening at the  Sundance Film Festival. BREATHE IN starred Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, MackenzieDavis and  Kyle MacLachlan along with many other talented actors. However, there was another standout that didn't appear directly on thescreen.  This was Dustin O'Halloran, the extraordinary musicalcomposer.  The film in and of itself was wonderful, but the music addedanother level of emotion that  truly did leave me breathless in parts. 

    BREATHE IN was about a foreign exchange student who spends a semesterwith a family in upstate NY (my home territory).  The apparently happynuclear family of three, one being a daughter, Lauren, who is a seniorin high school (another way I can relate), welcomed this newcomer intotheir family.  However,  Lauren (Davis) and her father, Keith (Pearce)have some reservations for their own reasons.  Sophie, the exchangestudent from England (Jones),  seemed unwittingly to create a wave ofdestruction with every step that she took.  In the short time she wasthere, Sophie managed to alienate Lauren and start an affair withKeith, the father.  We watched as emotions and lives changed.  

    Again, this was a captivating and emotional film.  The writing wassuperb and the direction, cast, and skills of all those involvedcouldn't have been any better.  As all these aspects of the movieeffortlessly combined, it enabled the viewer to have empathy for eachof the characters. How often does this happen?  This is a must seemovie when it is picked up and distributed.  

  4. thekashif from United Arab Emirates
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I watched "Breath In" last night with my wife and when its finished shesaid that "I just finished the movie and its so beautiful that I canwatch it again just now" and this quote goes for me too. If you thinkwe are exaggerating then go and watch yourself this movie and you llagree with us.

    I love the overall feel of the movie. Its a tiring subject which hasbeen shown in movies many times but the way this movie portrays thesame subject is outstanding and beautiful. All the actors didtremendous acting. I cant praise enough the scenes between Guy Pierceand Felicity Jones. I can watch this movie hundred of times and stillenjoy it like I did in my first viewing.. What a beautiful wonderfulmovie. I also love the fact that there is no overly dramatic music inthis movie and we just hear very beautiful piano notes and someoutstanding cello which is well matched with the atmosphere of themovie.

    I can say this without any hesitation that I have seen hundred of filmsthis year but this is easily the best film of 2013 I have seen thisyear. I wish they make more movies like this one. Usually movies likethese are made by Foreign film makers so its a breath of fresh air tosee American Directors are experimenting with such cinema too.

  5. Sergeant_Tibbs from Suffolk, England
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    It appears Drake Doremus is fascinated by English-Americanrelationships to the point of obsession. I didn't see his previous filmLike Crazy as it was a little too close to home for me and I didn'twanna risk the potential dreary things it had to say. But then, maybeDoremus is just fascinated by Felicity Jones. Although I loved her inCemetery Junction, I haven't seen any of her films since. She has astrange screen presence where she can go from charming to icy, perhapsat will. And maybe that suits this quiet and subtle film. Much like theperspective of its protagonist, a stifled artist played by Guy Pearce,Breathe In plays its first hour deliberately close to the chest withcold mundane sequences detailing the characters plain routine of life.It captures it in voyeuristic cinematography, saturating their world indull blues and greys.

    With improvised dialogue from the actors in an attempt to feel its waythrough the drama of the film, acting can sometimes feel natural butmore often than not, it can feel awkward. It's a double-edged sword inits style of choice, one that's a risk in if it'll pay off. It's a slowbuild, and unfortunately one that feels like it's not setting upenough. But this is a difficult topic. Older man and younger womanrelationships can often feel uncomfortable, especially when it's achallenge to get the audience to sympathise with such privilegedcharacters in the first place. If there was one thing that could saveBreathe In from averageness, it was making the core relationshipsincere. And a pleasant surprise, it won me over. It taps into thehuman condition and reveals the emotional needs that bind us all. Thatconnection bolsters the film significantly and makes its relativelyurgent third act all the more compelling. While it can feelunnecessarily melancholic, Breathe In is a film of rewarding delicatetouches if in small doses.

    7/10

  6. themusgrat from United States
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    This film manages to capture so much in so little time. Rarely do Ithink about a movie long after it's over, but I will be thinking aboutthis for days. I could go on and on about the acting, or the direction,but that would do a disservice to what was actually presented. This isan in-depth study of a family and how their relationships change asthey welcome an exchange student into their home.

    Everything works together so beautifully here, almost too well. In avery profound way, these people manage to represent a struggle whichhas been done over and over, yet is captivating.

    I'll be honest. This was hard for me to finish. The emotions runningthrough the course of the movie were much too strong for what I thoughtI was getting myself into. Most classical musicians would have adifficult time with this film. In a single word, "beautiful." And if ithad to be two words, the second would be "wrenching." I think we alllong for this type of connection, but how to maintain it is thequestion that is asked of us. This was an honest and obtrusive peekinto the way we live our lives. That's what separates film from art.There are many painters, many musicians, but few artists. Art is allabout pulling things from people they didn't know they had, and I thinkanyone could gain something from this, if one can only manage to thinkpast the here and now.

  7. (bayareamike) from United States
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I had an opportunity to watch this movie, and after reading the fewreviews on it, gave it a chance. It is definitely not a 'high-budget'movie but it doesn't have to be, as it works fine by the excellentacting. It starts out with a family who live in the suburbs justoutside New York. The husband plays and teaches music, the wife sellscookie jars (of all things) as a hobby and out of a small store, and ahigh school age daughter on the swim team. From the beginning, you cantell the father isn't necessarily thrilled in his daily routine, butthe family just seems to work anyway. In the first few minutes, Sophie,a exchange student from the UK arrives and stays with the family. Sheis sharing a room with the daughter of the family, and is in thefathers music class. On her first day in class, she is asked to play apiece of music as a simple introduction to the class. Turns out, sheplays outstanding and should probably be teaching the class. Anyway,the father takes note of this, and things just begin to build betweenthe young exchange student. Not necessarily in a sexual way like thedescription may lead you to think, but in a far more powerful,emotional way. Almost like they are meant for each other, and the onlything that keeps this from being a reality is she is half his age – hisdaughters age.

    Sure, no one wants to see a 'family unit' get broken up, however asthis movie began to evolve, I was actually routing that the girl andthe father would make the getaway both wanted desperately, despite thedamage of that would have done to his family (as both the mother anddaughter were catching on to this man/young woman attraction), andeverything came crashing down on the evening they both planned onrunning away. What was different about this movie from others that havedone this story a number of times is that the young woman from the UKreally was not out to hurt either the family or the father. And severaltimes while this relationship was beginning to build between the two,she actually suggested to him that she should leave the home as not tocause a family disruption. He talked her out of this, only to fueltheir romance further.

    As watched the whole thing without looking at the clock once! And, Inormally prefer action & comedies, so this was a little off topic formy 'regular' preferences, but it just worked so well….. Being thesame age as the father in the movie (though not having a high schoolage daughter), I could relate to what was happening to him, and sowanted their romance to blossom, no matter how wrong it would have beento his family. It was almost like he was 'reborn' inside with herpresence.

    I thought the ending, however, was very quick and abrupt given the 1hour and 30 minutes of build up of this romance. Sure this 'getaway'plan was last minute, however as the couples getaway (the young womanand the husband) was just about to happen, he conveniently leaves hiscell phone on (something that I don't think would have happened in reallife) and see a text from his wife. If your planning a getaway withthis young romance so they can just 'take off', why leave your phoneon???? Knowing very well your family is going to call and find out whyyou cleaned out your closet of clothes and the exchange student tookher cloths with her?? Couldn't he have turned it off? How aboutairplane mode?? Anyway, all of a sudden he has second thoughts, andthis romance unbelievably fizzles out in just minutes. Then the endingcredits start to roll…… Not how I wanted it to end, and even so,why so quick and abruptly? What happened to the UK girl? How about thefamily?? So much time spent building up this excellent story line onlyto put it to a crashing halt without answers.

    What would have been wrong with the girl and father taking off anddriving away into the sunset??! At least there would be closure.

  8. petersana from London
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    The only reason you are reading this review is because you want towatch Breathe In. In this case do so now! Read no more! You will not bedisappointed! It is beautifully done. Both Felicity Jones and GuyPearce play an outstanding role. It really touches me throughout themovie, it is so intense at times. This is the sort of movie where youcannot determine what will happen in the ending and because of this itmakes it that much special. There is a beauty behind everything thathappens which is definitely amazing. How timing can be so crucial andchange each ones circumstances is incredible. Loved it! Pretty sure Iam going to watch it all over again and enjoy it just as much.

  9. frode-hauge from Norway
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    I wish I could have given this a standing ovation, really I do. I lovedthe first half. The second could have been so good; all aboutimpossible feelings and the characters accepting that fact, thriving onwhat little could be had and growing from it. But it was all squanderedaway in an apparent belief that "stuff has to happen."

    I'll admit it would have been rather predictable even if it had beencompleted in a proper manner. But the mood and production was such thatI don't think it would have bothered me. I am left with a fraction ofthe magic that could, nay should, have been here.

    This ought to have been a strong 8. Instead I must score it a 6. Andthat makes me sad.

  10. John Anthony Duignan from Midleton, Ireland
    01 Apr 2014, 5:00 am

    Set against an upstate New York backdrop and textured with virtuosomusical performances is a sublime tale of love unrequited. The filmteases out the sexual tension between the lead roles exquisitelyexecuted by Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones. So much ground is coveredwith a glance, a pause, a reticent moment. Each of these is profoundlyaffecting in its restraint and yet serves to drive the narrativeforward. The director manages to draw performances not just from theactors but from the spaces and the objects that inhabit them. I amreminded of Visconti's 'Death In Venice'. It is in the same vein. Eachelement speaks, each supports the whole. I will be looking out forgreat things from Doremus as he moves his career forward.

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