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Breathing

Breathing (2012)

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80

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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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

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

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.

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

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

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

August 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.

April 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.

April 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

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.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A beautifully judged, small-scale human drama that lingers in the memory long after some of those rowdy, big-budget blockbusters have faded.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

As an actor-turned-director film, Markovics bracing debut is up there with Xavier Beauvois' of Gods and Men.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Markovics flexes his muscles on the other side of the camera with terrific effect. A fine, moving debut for the new writer/director.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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.

March 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?

March 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

...a persistently watchable piece of work that never quite becomes the riveting piece of work Markovics obviously wants it to be...

November 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

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.
March 19, 2012
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