The plodding drama "Breathe In" takes a long time to get to where any viewer knew it was going from the first minutes.
Keith (Guy Pearce) and Megan (Amy Ryan), a well-off couple in upstate New York, take in a foreign exchange student, 18-year-old English girl Sophie (Felicity Jones), for a semester. Keith, a music teacher and a cellist with aspirations to join a symphony orchestra, bonds quickly with Sophie, an accomplished pianist.
Opens Friday, May 2, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for some language; 98 minutes.
But Sophie’s abundant sexuality has its effect in the family, first when she sparks jealousy in Keith and Megan’s 17-year-old daughter, Lauren (Mackenzie Davis), and ultimately when she attracts Keith into her orbit.
Director-writer Drake Doremus, who employed Jones so beautifully in the cross-ocean romance "Like Crazy," telegraphs the film’s intentions early and builds at a ponderous, self-important pace toward a trite, unsatisfying finish.
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