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Cannes Review: Insightful, Layered Teen Drama ‘Respire’ Directed By Melanie Laurent

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 17, 2014 7:06 PM
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Respire’ Directed By Melanie Laurent
here is a significant danger in premiering a female-led French-language adolescence tale with a lesbian slant on the Croisette the year after “Blue is the Warmest Color” won the Palme(s) in such memorable style. But it’s a danger that Melanie Laurent’s “Respire,” one of our pleasantest Cannes surprises so far, largely avoids, by establishing itself as a very different animal from the outset, if no less heartfelt and sincerely delivered, concerning itself less with evoking the joys and miseries of first love than with outlining the potentially disastrous effects of a love gone sour, curdled into a helpless kind of obsessiveness.

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