A Mouthful of Air (film)

A Mouthful of Air is a 2021 American psychological drama film written, directed and produced by Amy Koppelman, based on her 2003 novel of the same name. It stars Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Gaston, Amy Irving, and Paul Giamatti.

A Mouthful of Air
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmy Koppelman
Written byAmy Koppelman
Based onA Mouthful of Air
by Amy Koppelman
Produced by
CinematographyFrank DeMarco
Edited byKeith Fraase
Music byJohn Gürtler
Distributed byStage 6 Films
Release date
  • October 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.3 million
Box office$269,435[1]

It was released on October 29, 2021 by Stage 6 Films.

Plot edit

On the eve of her baby son's first birthday, Julie Davis survives a suicide attempt. In the following weeks of her recovery, she tries to show gratitude for the positive things in life, but continues to suffer ongoing anxiety. Julie's discovery that she's pregnant for a second time forces her to face the traumas of her upbringing.

Cast edit

Production edit

In September 2019, it was announced Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Amy Irving, Jennifer Carpenter, and Paul Giamatti had joined the cast of the film, with Amy Koppelman directing from a screenplay she wrote.[2] Principal photography began in September 2019.[3]

Release edit

In April 2021, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film.[4] It was released on October 29, 2021.[5]

Reception edit

Critical reception edit

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 68% of 31 critics have given the film a positive review, with an average rating of 6.2/10.[6] The website's critics consensus reads, "A Mouthful of Air isn't as emotionally impactful as it might have been, but Amanda Seyfried's devastating performance lends the story weight."[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100 based on 11 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire critiqued the film's use of melodrama, but praised Seyfried's performance, writing she "sidesteps histrionics in favor of something more honest and upsetting" and "leads every scene with such an excitable degree of fear and fragility".[8] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian was more critical, writing the film "needed less sensitive good taste and more explicit storytelling passion."[9] Natalia Winkelman of The New York Times wrote "the movie’s portrait of depression often feels as facile as its opening image: Julie’s wide blue eyes with a single tear trailing down her cheek."[10]

Box office edit

In North America, the film earned $130,701 from 816 theaters, the second lowest grossing opening weekend for a film in wide release (excluding re-releases) since box office tracking began.[11]

References edit

  1. ^ "A Mouthful of Air (2021)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  2. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 5, 2019). "'A Mouthful Of Air': Amanda Seyfried, Finn Wittrock, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving & Jennifer Carpenter Set For Maven Pictures Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  3. ^ Seyfried, Amanda (September 12, 2019). "A Mouthful Of Air day 4". Instagram. Archived from the original on December 26, 2021. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 28, 2021). "Amanda Seyfried Movie 'A Mouthful Of Air' Picked Up By Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  5. ^ Pederson, Erik (September 9, 2021). "Sony Sets Dates For Whitney Houston & George Foreman Biopics, Two Others; 'Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile' On The Move". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "A Mouthful of Air". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved November 20, 2022.
  7. ^ "A Mouthful of Air Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  8. ^ Ehrlich, David (October 27, 2021). "'A Mouthful of Air' Review: Amanda Seyfried Anchors an Unflinching Drama About Postpartum Depression". IndieWire. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  9. ^ Bradshaw, Peter (February 8, 2022). "A Mouthful of Air review – postnatal depression drama is walking on eggshells". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  10. ^ Winkelman, Natalia (October 28, 2021). "'A Mouthful of Air' Review: Depression Clouds a Domestic Idyll". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 4, 2023.
  11. ^ "Worst Wide Openings". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved February 5, 2024.

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