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BREATHING ROOM

SYNOPSIS:
Kathy (Susan Floyd) and David (Dan Futterman) the classic New York neurotic couple are trying to find the answer. They have reached that point in their relationship - break up or make a commitment. Their solution: have some time apart to test the depth of their true feelings. So from Thanksgiving to Christmas, they spend all their time trying not to see one another - until Kathy decides to date her boss and David decides to leave for Vietnam the day after Christmas. Sometimes you have to through the pain of breaking up in order to know what you really want. Either way, Kathy and David need some Breathing Room to sort it out. A romantic comedy about staying apart.

"This whole thing should be easier, shouldn't it?" moans Kathy (Floyd) in Jon Sherman's first feature Breathing Room, a film about the difficulties of modern romantic relationships. "This whole thing" that Kathy refers to is her two-year relationship with David (Futterman). Caught in a cycle of breaking up and making up, David and Kathy decide to take a breather when polite Thanksgiving Day dinner conversation with Kathy's strait-laced cousins reveals that David has applied to teach English in Vietnam. Unfortunately, David has neglected to tell Kathy of his plans. Set amidst the frenetic and intoxicating Christmas season in New York's exciting Manhattan, Breathing Room captures well the holiday festivity and folly of that alluring city. It's perhaps director Sherman's evocative capturing of his home town, that gives Breathing Room a certain uniqueness. As well, the masterful performances of the film's two fresh-faced leads, gives Breathing Room an added dimension. Films about male/female relationships have been, let's face it, the basic cornerstone of cinema virtually since its conception, so it's tough to convince audiences that theirs is new, different, original. Well Breathing Room is not original, but it has an intelligence and vibrancy that makes it well worth checking out. It's a romantic comedy, insightfully told, minus the excess baggage that often comes with the more mainstream Hollywood variety."
Paul Fischer

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BREATHING ROOM (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Dan Futterman, Susan Floyd, Joanna Chang, Amy Hohn, Rod McLachlan, Nadia Dajani, Saverio Guerra, Styker Hrdwickie, Maribel Vaqquez, Dmitriy Tsybulskiy, Vitalyl Blokhin, David Thornton, Edie Falco, Shifra Lerer, Peg Small, Rox Robbins, Andre Blake, Paul Giamatti, Marin Hinkle

DIRECTOR: Jon Sherman

PRODUCER: Jack Edward Barron

SCRIPT: Tom Hughes and Jon Sherman

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jim Denault

EDITOR: Sabine Hoffman

MUSIC: Pat Irwin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sharon Lomofsky

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Dendy

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 31, 1997







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