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.


“Breathe In” focuses on Keith Reynolds and his desire to break out of his humdrum life. Keith used to be a musician, but now he’s stuck in a loving relationship with a steady job. When Keith meets a beautiful young woman as part of a foreign exchange setup, Keith considers giving her the dong. It would be one thing if Keith Reynolds was going to cheat on his wife, but you feel that he’s falling in love with this young woman. Hell, it’s more than an hour until the two actually kiss each other.

Director Drake Doremus has assembled quite a cast for this film. Felicity Jones is held over from Doremus’s last movie, but the director has such a rapport with her. Amy Ryan is incredible, as she tries to make sense of what’s going on. But, let’s talk about Guy Pearce for a moment. Over the last two years, Guy Pearce has been carefully crafting roles and creating a sense of being that stands out. I know that a lot of you didn’t like “The Rover”, but the man’s intensity never dropped off from that role. While I love these sorts of movies, I get that it might be some of the readership that comes here to hear about horror movies and whatever Marvel is doing. Bare with me, as I ask a small favor. For once, stream or purchase a movie that asks you to open your emotional intelligence.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is quite impressive for a domestic drama. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track doesn’t get a ton to develop. Still, the 1080p transfer is sharp. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014

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