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The Air I Breathe (2008)

The Air I Breathe

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance

Release Date

January 25, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Studio

ThinkFilm

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jieho Lee

Producer

Darlene Caamano, Emilio Diez Barroso, Paul Schiff

Screenwriter

Jieho Lee, Bob DeRosa

Starring

Story


The story is based on an old Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: Happiness (Whitaker), Pleasure (Brendan Fraser), Sorrow (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Love (Kevin Bacon). The proverb speaks of these emotions, not as isolated framents of feelings, but as elements that make up the whole of the human existence.

Happiness centers on the plight of a spiritually bereft banker who finds himself only after he loses everything and resolves to rob a bank. Sorrow follows the story of a reckless female pop star who is at a turbulent point in her career. Pleasure follows the tale of a gangster who can see the future. And Love tells the story of a frantic doctor desperately trying to save a patient's life.

Their stories - shocking, suspenseful and searing - intersect dramatically.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..just a particular kind of narrative storytelling (typically in service of, or enslaved to, a massive ensemble cast) where the pretentious reach more often than not exceeds the philosophical grasp..”
by Keith Uhlich [The House Next Door]
“..A stew of cheap irony, ponderous but meaningless allegory, violence and pretension..”
by Carina Chocano [LA Times]
“..smothers in its own pretensions..”
by Stephen Holden [NY Times]