Two years ago at Sundance, the aching long-distance love story Like Crazy finished its debut screening and before the lights could come up, the theater was already aglow with teary-eyed viewers sending texts and emails to their significant others.
This year, director Drake Doremus and actress Felicity Jones are back with another love story — this one a bit more taboo. Maybe this time Sundance-goers will be sending messages to their significant others back home to make sure they’re not fooling around.
Breathe In stars Jones as a foreign-exchange student who moves in with a family in upstate New York and begins a hesitant, but passionate romance with the father in the household, played by Guy Pearce. The heart may want what it wants, but could also cause massive unhappiness for his wife (Amy Ryan) and daughter (Mackenzie Davis.)
“In some ways, it’s a darker cousin to Like Crazy,” says Doremus, who wrote the script with longtime collaborator Ben York-Jones. “It retains some of the aspects of love and relationships that I’m concerned with, but it also delves into a new genre, a more classical form of love story.”
And it is a love story, he insists, not merely a judgmental drama about an inappropriate relationship or scandal. “Its about an emotional affair between a younger woman and an older man, but she’s very much an older soul, and the older man is very much a younger soul,” Doremus says. “Somewhere in the middle, they meet. It’s bad timing, but it’s very much a passionate, emotional affair.”
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