Breathing Reviews

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
August 31, 2012
Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
August 30, 2012
"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
August 28, 2012
Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
April 29, 2012
Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 22, 2012
An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
April 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 20, 2012
A beautifully judged, small-scale human drama that lingers in the memory long after some of those rowdy, big-budget blockbusters have faded.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 19, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 19, 2012
As an actor-turned-director film, Markovics bracing debut is up there with Xavier Beauvois' of Gods and Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 19, 2012
Markovics flexes his muscles on the other side of the camera with terrific effect. A fine, moving debut for the new writer/director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
April 9, 2012
Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 26, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 18, 2011
...a persistently watchable piece of work that never quite becomes the riveting piece of work Markovics obviously wants it to be...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
November 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 4, 2012
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.
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
March 24, 2012
Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

Sight and Sound
April 24, 2012
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Charles Gant
Variety
November 18, 2011
Dan Fainaru
Screen International
September 8, 2011
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