The film stars Alexandra Sedlak, Mary Jackson Tatum, Derrick Dee Drake, James J. Fuertes, and Jason Bynum.
Why We Breathe was written and directed by D. Erik Parks.
Carrie (Sedlak) is a hard working waitress at a restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. In between her shifts, Carrie dashes off to local bars to play her guitar and sing. She dreams of becoming a star one day.
Carrie has a young daughter, Emma (Jackson Tatum), and lives with her boyfriend Rodney (Bynum). Rodney is out of work and spends his day watching Emma and drinking with his buddies.
One day Carrie comes home to find Emma alone in their home. Rodney comes home a few minutes later and a fight ensues. Carrie is furious that Rodney would leave her young daughter home alone. Rodney is under the influence, gets very angry and physical with Carrie. An accident occurs as a result of the fighting, putting Emma in the hospital.
The accident caused Emma to become partially paralyzed. Carrie couldn’t stay with Rodney, so she takes Emma and moves in with her uncle, far away from Rodney.
Trying to rebuild her life is easier said than done for Carrie. She wants what is best for Emma. She also needs a job and in the back of her mind, she still dreams of becoming a singer and being discovered.
Life has it’s ups and downs for Carrie, but matters take a turn for the worse when she realizes that Rodney is trying to find her because he believes she stole money from him. No Carrie has to worry about the safety and wellbeing of both her and Emma, and putting anyone that gets close to them in danger.
Can Carrie find a better life for her and Emma? Will they be able to stay in hiding without Rodney finding out where they are? Will Carrie ever live her dream of being a super star? To find out, you need to purchase or rent Why We Breathe. Look for it on DVD and well as the streaming services mentioned at the top oft his post.
If you like faith-based, Hallmark-style movies, then you’ll enjoy this film.
I do enjoy Hallmark movies, and occasionally faith-based movies, as long as they are not “overly religious,” if that makes sense? I am a religious person, but I don’t like films that “shove religion down your throat,” so to speak. This was NOT such a film. There are some religious aspects, but religion is not what this film is all about. It’s more so about a woman who is trying to pick up the pieces and start a new life for her and her daughter after escaping domestic violence.
Thankfully there is not a lot of domestic violence in this film. There is actually one situation we see, but I honestly don’t think that Carrie experienced a lot of it (thankfully). I think in this case it was more so that he was drunk and she was screaming at him over leaving Emma home alone. None the less, no one should EVER put their hand on ANYONE – EVER!
Carrie is a country singer (she does live in Nashville), so there are a few country songs that she sings. I am not a fan of the country music genre, but the songs were OK.
Overall I think the acting was really good. Kudos to Mary Jackson Tatum for her portrayal of Emma. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to preform in an wheel chair for most of the film.
I liked Derrick Dee Drake as Uncle Earl. I think everyone wishes they had an uncle like him. He’s very kind, caring, empathetic and over all the type of person anyone escaping a tragic situation would want to have in their life.
The film was slow and predictable at times, but that’s OK. Most films are like that these days.
I did enjoy the film. It’s a refreshing break from the typical “bang-bang-shoot-them-up,” violent film with sex, nudity and foul language.
This film is not rated, and has a run time of about an hour and a half.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener link in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.