The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager (newcomer Thomas Schubert) attempting to win parole by working at a local morgue. Raised from birth in institutions, he is initially impassive and self-sabotaging in his behavior; soon, though, he begins to respect the solemn work of handling the dead, and starts to come to terms with his own youthful crime. (C)Kino … More
as Rudolf Kienast
as Walter Fakler
as Gerhard Schorn
as Jürgen Hefor
as Leopold Wesnik
as Josef Kallinger
as Prison Guard #3
as Young Lady
as Policeman #1
as Policeman #2
as Home Help
as Man in Sweatsuit
as Train Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Breathing
A film of unreconciled impulses, Breathing is by turns vaguely sentimental and cooly detached in a manner that's ultimately more off-putting than it is complementary.
Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.
"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.
Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.
Not exactly life-affirming, but Schubert's performance is so eloquent and Markovics's direction so sure that the film blazes with an extraordinary power.
A provocative debut that captures its subject under glass and is content to observe. It's painful and poetic but a shade too introspective for its own good.
A beautifully judged, small-scale human drama that lingers in the memory long after some of those rowdy, big-budget blockbusters have faded.
Markovics's script circles around the themes of death and life in thoughtful and elegant ways: it is a well-carpentered screenplay which bears every sign of having been a labour of love, worked on fruitfully over many years.
As an actor-turned-director film, Markovics bracing debut is up there with Xavier Beauvois' of Gods and Men.
Markovics flexes his muscles on the other side of the camera with terrific effect. A fine, moving debut for the new writer/director.
Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
Poignant story of a nineteen-year-old at a Austrian juvenile detention center who gets a probation job at a morgue and begins inching toward a new life.
Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
There's no superficial flash here, just patient and compassionate storytelling gradually immersing us in this young man's world, as first-timer Schubert's vulnerable adolescent grows up before our very eyes.
...a persistently watchable piece of work that never quite becomes the riveting piece of work Markovics obviously wants it to be...
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