"Breathless" Takes Macabre Humor to New Heights Review

Trailer trash Lorna (Gina Gershon) accidentally kills her husband Dale (Val Kilmer) while questioning him about the “great robbery of Red County.” Lorna enlists the help of her best friend Tiny (Kelli Giddish) to hide the body and find the money that she is certain is hidden somewhere in the trailer. But things grow from bad to worse in this dark comedy thriller.

When the sheriff (Ray Liotta) pops by to put his own questions to Dale, Lorna buys the pair a little time to dispose of his body to avoid arrest. But their disposal attempts go awry. The film turns grotesque as they chop, shred, vacuum, and burn Dale’s body, making an even bigger mess in the trailer. Suddenly Lorna’s private investigator (Wayne Duvall) shows up to stake his claim in this mess of a situation.

There are plenty of humorous moments in this dark comedy. Tiny looks around the trailer and witheringly states, “We’re gonna need a little more than soap to clean up this mess.” And as the stakes increase, so do the comedic elements. Secrets are revealed and power struggles ensue. Breathless takes macabre humor to new heights as Lorna does what she can to snatch that $100,000.

This is by no means a great film, but it has enough twisty—and twisted—elements that it is an amusing thriller. If you can get past the slow-paced first half, then the payoff in the second half is worth it. And aside from the gratuitous, anti-feminist slant of the final twist in the film, Lorna is a deliciously devious anti-heroine. 

Blu-ray Bonus Features

A “making of” featurette delves into the entire creative process of producing this film, and the audio commentary by writer/director Jesse Baget and producer Christine Holder expounds even further on this.

"Breathless" is on sale August 14, 2012 and is rated R. Comedy, Thriller. Directed by Jesse Baget. Written by Jesse Baget, Stefania Moscato. Starring Gina Gershon, Kelli Giddish, Ray Liotta, Val Kilmer, Wayne Duvall.

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