THE AIR I BREATHE - starring Sarah Michelle Gellar

Director:     Jieho Lee
Producers:     Darlene Caamano Loquet, Emilio Diez Barroso, Paul Schiff
Screenplay:    Bob DeRosa
Co-starring:    Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser
US Release Date:     29 April 2007
Length:     95 minutes
Genre:     Drama
Interesting Character Scale (Jill Robinson=0 Buffy Summers=10}: eight

Gellar at the Los Angeles premiere of THE AIR I BREATHE A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. In a series of interrelated vignettes, a businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star named Trysta (Gellar) falls prey to a crime boss; and a doctor must save the love of his life. Clark Gregg (Henry) was Ken O'Donnell in A WOMAN NAMED JACKIE.

Victoria Bergsman The first thing we see on screen is a quote from Henry Ward Beecher, an abolitionist preacher from the mid to late 19th century. Beecher was a Bill Clinton-like progressive, and the quote reads: "No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form." Somehow this film, which could have been written by Vonnegut, did not get Oscar consideration. It is thought-provoking and cinematically striking.

Trysta apparently saw her father struck and killed by a car when she was a child.

Kim Wayman - Gellar's singing voice in THE AIR I BREATHE One of the flashbacks with Julie Delpy is from VOYAGER, a film Delpy did with Sam Shepard, who played Gellar's father in THE RETURN.

Sarah Michelle Gellar does not sing in this film. "Sweet Spot" sung by her popstar character Trysta is voiced by Kim Wayman.

On the soundtrack, which has not been issued on CD, The Concretes perform a song called "Tomorrow" written by their ex-lead-singer Victoria Bergsman who is now with Taken By Trees.

The film played in only 7 theaters in the US before being released on DVD. It grossed $25,775.


  • Happiness
  • Sorrow lost in thought
  • Sorrow hopeful
  • Looking a bit like Streisand
  • On the roof
  • Ready to jump
  • Love
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Strangely calm
  • Made it!
  • Happiness being happy
  • Uncredited dancer
  • Uncredited dancer number two
  • Pleasure
  • Pleasure with sidekick
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Sarah Michelle Gellar - Sorrow (Trysta)
Kevin Bacon - Love
Forest Whitaker - Happiness
Brendan Fraser - Pleasure
Jason Dolley - Young Pleasure
Fervio Castillo - Young Love
Sasha Pieterse - Young Sorrow
Taylor Nichols - Sorrow's Father
Tania Himelfarb - Young Heidi
Andy Garcia - Fingers
Julie Delpy - Gina
Clark Gregg - Henry
Emile Hirsch - Tony
Diana García - Tony's Brunette
Claudia Cervantes - Tony's Redhead
Kelly Hu - Jiyoung
Evan Parke - Danny
Victor Rivers - Eddie
Cecilia Suárez - Allison
Todd Stashwick - Frank
Jon Bernthal - Interviewer
William Maier - Mr. Parks
Alex Terminel - Markie
Daniel Delevin - Julian
Emilio Savinni - Tuddy
Kari Wuhrer - Correspondent
Josh Flaum - Gina's Assistant
Norma Angelica - Clothing Shop Woman
Lenny Zundel - Clothing Shop Owner
Jake Koenig - Seedy Old Man
George Belanger - Old Gangster
Tomas Goros - Gangster #2
Joan Seuora Morales - Gangster #3
Alejandro de la Peña - Gangster #4
Eduardo Victoria - Banker #1
Salvador Garcia - Banker #2
John Cho - Banker #3
Penelope Kaufer - Banker #4
Fernando Lara - Banker #5
Sherry Ham-Bernard - Nurse #1
Lisa Owen - Nurse #2
Rodrigo Santacruz - Teen #1
Catherine Papile - Teen #2
Andrew Deichman - Pizza Delivery Guy
Caryn Ruby - Paparazzi

Below is a mistake, unless Julie is a more interesting character than she first appears to be. The monitor by Julie's bed in the hospital clearly shows her to be a male adult (Look at the top of the screen where I have circled).

Monitor by Julie's hospital bed