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I'm always impressed by short films that can create a spooky atmosphere and a convincing plot line in the space of a few minutes. It's no easy feat, but Breathe, a 2013 short that's a new Staff Pick at Vimeo, achieves a great, simple ghost story about a romance between worlds. It may not be the scariest movie ever, but it's an impressive bit of supernatural storytelling.

Breathe is directed by Toby Meakins, a UK-based filmmaker who has made a fair number of shorts available online. The short follows a pair of friends who find themselves in the presence of a ghost who can only be seen when they hold their breath. Instead of breathing as heavily as possible and running in the opposite direction, the two open up to the ghost, though the romance may not work out for all of them.

The short film also stars Josef Altin, who you might recognize as Pypar in [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) or the one juvenile delinquents who doesn't last very long on [Misfits](series:722458), as the more impressionable boy. See where his curiosity takes him in Breathe below:

Here's how Breathe's story plays out.

A couple friends find themselves in an abandoned warehouse

But they may not be alone as they think.

Jamie instructs Tyler to hold his breath to prompt something amazing

And a ghostly girl appears at the door.

Tyler is understandably freaked out

But Jamie convinces him to stay.

"She likes you"

When the ghost takes a liking to Tyler, he suddenly gets really good at holding his breath.

The new couple gets to know each other

But things don't exactly end up with romance and roses.

I don't want to give away the ending, so watch the full video for yourself to see what happens!

Gotta admit, this short gave me flashbacks to watching Deadgirl, which saw two teenage boys take advantage of a restrained female zombie. An interesting flip on the genre, but, needless to say, it doesn't exactly go as they plan. I like the direction that Breathe takes. It surprised me (though, maybe it shouldn't have) with its clean and brutal end, and director Meakins confirmed my aversion to ghosts.

What are your thoughts on the supernatural relationships in Breathe?


Could you see yourself hooking up with a ghost?


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