Breathing (2012)

Breathing (2012)




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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Karl Markovics
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On DVD: Dec 1, 2014
Kino Lorber Films - Official Site

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as Roman Kogler

as Margit Kogler

as Rudolf Kienast

as Walter Fakler

as Gerhard Schorn

as Jürgen Hefor

as Leopold Wesnik

as Josef Kallinger

as Prison Guard #3

as Policeman #1

as Policeman #2

as Daughter-in-Law

as Man in Sweatsuit

as Train Vendor
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Critic Reviews for Breathing

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (6)

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012
Village Voice
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Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.

Full Review… | August 31, 2012
New York Post
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"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Times
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Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 18, 2011
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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.

Carlos Magalhães

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