Published On: Tue, Sep 15th, 2015

Melanie Laurent Grateful For Respire Snub As A Teen

French Actress Melanie Laurent Is Glad Her Teenage Dreams Of Adapting Author Anne-sophie Brasme's Book Respire For The Big Screen Fell Apart, Because She Is Convinced The Project Would Have Been A Disaster.

 

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The Inglourious Basterds star stepped behind the camera last year (14) to direct the new psychological drama, also known as Breathe, and she reveals turning the French novel into a film had been a real passion project of hers for over a decade.

However, Laurent, now 32, admits the wait was worth it – because she was just a kid with big ideas and no real filmmaking experience when she first secured the rights to the book, about two teenage friends who become engaged in a mental battle for superiority.

She tells IndieWire.com, “When I read this book I was 17 and the main character was 17, so I actually called the author and told her that I loved the book and that I wanted to do the adaptation. She said, ‘OK, you’re the same age, and you have to do it.’

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