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The Air I Breathe (2007)

A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star falls prey to a crime boss; a doctor must save the love of his life.

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A frustrated and clumsy bank clerk overhears the conversation of three coworkers in the toilet about a fix in a horse race, and bets a large amount. He loses the bet and owes the money to the dangerous and powerful mobster Fingers. A gangster who works for Fingers has the ability of foreseeing pieces of the future; he is assigned to collect money for the boss, with his troublemaker nephew Tony, and is beaten up by a gang. The manager of pop-star Trista loses her contract to Fingers without her agreement and she is threatened by the gangster. A dedicated doctor seeks a blood donor that might have a rare blood type to save the life of his secret and unrequited passion, a beautiful epidemiologist who's married to a friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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gangster | bet | money | love | blood | See All (245) »

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The question is not whether we will die, but how we will live. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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17 October 2008 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro vidas y un destino  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,487 (USA) (25 January 2008)

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$19,487 (USA) (25 January 2008)
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Sarah Michelle Gellar plays a pop star, however she does not sing any songs herself. They are originally sung by Kim Wayman. See more »

Goofs

When Pleasure gives Happiness the gun, the cut on his face has only one bandage shown, but in the rest of the movie there are two. See more »

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Happiness: I always wondered, when a butterfly leaves the safety of its cocoon, does it realize how beautiful it has become? Or does it still just see itself as a caterpillar?
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Connections

Features Voyager (1991) See more »

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Ahead of My Time
Written by Joakim Åhlund, Klas Ahlund and Patrik Arve
Performed by Teddybears Sthlm (as Teddybears) featuring Daddy Boastin'
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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A beautifully depicted masterpiece
1 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was absolutely astonished with how wonderful The Air I Breathe turned out to be. I was expecting it to be really good, basically because of the star-studded cast I believe it has, and in the end, I got an amazing journey with a beautiful story everywhere I looked.

First of all, the actors and actresses of this film make it absolutely unable to miss. They all capture their characters perfectly and make the film unable to look away from with their dedicated, spot-on performances. The plot was also majestic and deep. It was touching and moving in so many ways, and they way it all made sense in the end was simply brilliant. There is not one scene where I thought the creators have added in something mediocre or unnecessary, and there was not one scene where I pressed the pause button to do something, for I could not stop watching it.

It shows how everyones' lives all intertwine in some way and how one person's honest actions can affect the life of another who honestly needs help when they can't find it anywhere else, and it is honestly as beautiful and worth the watch as I am making it sound, honest. This is a must-see, I recommend it for everyone, and usually the haters have to complain about how boring and confusing it is, while I found it at the right pace to keep your attention and understood everything the film meant for us to understand along the way.


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