I Am Breathing (2013)
I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralysed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes: "It's amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. It's what separates us and defines us as human beings." Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends and motorbike rides. Neil faces Motor Neurone Disease with incredible humour and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog that touched many people. With his posts forming the film's narration, I AM BREATHING tries to listen to Neil as he asks in the last months of his life: "What makes us human?" (c) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for I Am Breathing
Because directors Emma Davie (Platt's widow) and Morag McKinnon spend little time explaining his medical condition, the video doesn't function as a case study.
Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon deliver an achingly reflective look at the life of a man struggling with ALS.
Part impressionistic abstract of his day-to-day experience merging with idyllic memories, part letter to his toddler son Oscar, "Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself ...
"I Am Breathing" is an earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories movies too often overlook.
Platt and his story are inherently moving, and co-directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon wisely employ a light, unobtrusive touch as their camera captures the erosion of Platt's health.
Heartbreaking and profound. You'll be balling your eyes out, unless you're made of stone.
A film that, amid cinema's hit parade of violent but curiously instantaneous deaths, reminds us what it means to bear witness to the very end.
...I Am Breathing is not a documentary intended to induce sobbing. It is, instead, a film about dying that is stunningly alive, wildly optimistic, and always insightful and entertaining.
A moving portrait of a courageous young man with Lou Gehrig's Disease who seeks to make his death fruitful to others.
Unfortunately, the only other thing they're able to provide is Platt's bland encouragements to live life before it's too late.
Neil's insistence on telling his own story with his own voice, on getting that voice out there for the rest of the world to listen to, is itself a fierce act, evidence of a rare vitality.
A sober, conventionally told doc about a man who is dying of Motor Neurone Disease, known as Lou Gehrig's disease in the U.S.
A simple, straightforward documentary that quietly demonstrates how life continues to flourish even in the face of death.
The courage shown by Neil and the devoted and wondrously patient Louise is not only humbling, but also genuinely moving and quietly heroic.
If the film-makers' aim was to close the gap between viewers and "victims" of motor neurone disease, they have done themselves proud.
The Platts prove that it is possible to face up to the most appalling challenges with dignity.
It is a straightforward and understated documentary of personal tragedy with a lesson for us all on how precious and fleeting life can be.
The running time perhaps does the greatest justice to Neil Platt's life: it feels nowhere near long enough.
Manages to be concurrently moving and unsentimental - a very tough balance.
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