Charlie is 17 years old. She at that age where life is all about hanging out with friends, emotions, convictions, passions. Sarah is the new girl in town. Beautiful, bold, with a history and a strong personality. A star from the get-go. Sarah chooses Charlie.
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"Nietzsche says it's easier to renounce passion than control it. Meaning we become so preoccupied by it that we lose a kind of freedom... Exactly it's the notion of excess... Passion is harmful when it becomes excessive, which is most of the time..."
Sarah's the impersonation of everything that makes growing up so hard. Hiding, faking, lying, the need to be liked, to be cool, to be friends with everyone without actually being a friend. I knew so many people who hid rottenness behind their beautiful faces. You don't have to be perfect. But you sure don't have to act like it as a superior being to everyone else. Growing up without Sarahs would be so much easier.
Schematic and reductive, but (in part for the same reason) pinpoint precise, Breathe is a cool creeping cautionary tale about the collision of family dysfunction with our predilection for consoling, consuming passions. Setting its reductio ad terrorum conclusion to one side, it also provides an eerily apt depiction of the elation/confusion mindfuck characteristic of close relationships with borderline personalities.