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DEEP BREATH, 2001
One swelteringly hot summer day in rural France changes the life of a young teenager forever.
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Bought some time ago but cannot remember where from and for what price, this movie was picked from DVD obscurity one evening. Having no information about this film, I sat down knowing only its title and when it was released. This lack of information certainly did not hinder my enjoyment of this movie, as it really is a cracker.
Following the life during one day in idyllic rural France, David (Bonnetblanc) is a typical teenager who does not see the beauty in life and perceives to believe that everything is not up to his expectations. Living with his uncle due to a marital dispute, he is told that he can drink with his uncles and their friends on this hot afternoon whilst sunning themselves on cheap wine and a home made, freshly slaughtered barbecue. It being his first time supping alcohol with hardened drinkers, David does not take kindly to his share. Walking around his uncles’ farm in a drunken daze, he meets his friend Matthieu (Simon), a fellow uninspired teenager, and they lark around as teenagers normally do. However, enjoyment soon turns to tragedy and David finds himself in a storm in a teacup that will inevitably change his life forever.
Shot in black and white and using a minimal amount of actors, the relatively unknown Pierre-Louis Bonnetblanc impresses mightily here. His use of bored expressions and downright typical teenage feeling that oozes from every pore of David’s body is quite remarkable from an actor that lacks no screen time prior to this films release. The same can be said about Laurent Simon. Despite his minimal lines, he impresses too. His carefree attitude is quite amazing here, and does not omit any odious traits in skills as an actor.
Despite its lack of length, it crams an awfully large amount of quality material into its short duration. The impressive efforts by all involved combined with Odoul’s directorial efforts really is something special, and I urge you to track down this movie and watch it.