47. Breathe

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Year: 2014

Director: Mélanie Laurent

Nothing’s more effective at shaking a teen out of their monotonous high school routine than the arrival of a new student.2

That’s the stuff actress/director Mélanie Laurent’s sophomore film, Breathe, is made of: mystery and allure, with generous dollops of adolescent rivalry, sexual awakening and verbal abuse spooned on top.

Think of Breatheas a distant European cousin to the fraught teen movies of Larry Clark as well as Catherine Hardwicke’s Thirteen, stories of imperiled youth, loneliness and volatile sentiment.

—A.C.

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