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.
I related to Charlie's character so so much esp the vacation act! Ive had that exact experience a dozen times & identified with all the rest too. The ending was a very very bad dream & I understand more than any1 ever should the desire for a physical manifestation of that pentup jealousy & confusion & anger & love & alienation etc. Its impossible to live w all that inside u & cool that Laurent symbolized it that way.
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.