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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
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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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Breathing
With an excellent direction by Markovics, who also wrote the script and was the protagonist of Die Fälscher, this is a moving drama that follows a nuanced, well-constructed character played impressively well by the so far unknown but talented Thomas Schubert.
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