The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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.
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.
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.
Behind the film's copious themes and social criticisms lies an intoxicating appreciation of life as a fragile and delicate gift which can so often be taken for granted.
Thomas Schubert's turn as Roman that is the stand out feature of the film; everything from his boyish face and vacant stare to his withdrawn body language is entirely convincing.
A relaxed, prudent tone is established, allowing for an honest, conceivable and faultless performance to be administered by newcomer Schubert.
Much is asked of non-professional actor Thomas Schubert and it is ultimately his performance that raises the film to the level of the sublime.
Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.
An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.
With an excellent direction by Karl Markovics (who also wrote the script and starred in The Counterfeiters), this is a moving drama that follows a nuanced and well-constructed character played impressively well by the so far unknown but very talented Thomas Schubert.
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