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A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters -- but has surprising depth below the surface.



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Based on the award-winning, international best-selling novel by Tim Winton, Simon Baker's directorial debut BREATH follows two teenage boys, Pikelet and Loonie (newcomers Samson Coulter and Ben Spence in breakthrough performances), growing up in a remote corner of the Western Australian coast. Hungry for discovery, the pair form an unlikely friendship with Sando (Simon Baker), a mysterious older surfer and adventurer who pushes the boys to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives. Also starring Elizabeth Debicki and Richard Roxburgh, BREATH is an authentic coming-of-age drama set in an idyllic 1970s coastal Australia.

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  • Baker proves himself a talented director; he manages the rolling rhythms of his waves and his story with skill...

    Aug 24, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Baker keenly captures the beckoning magnetism of active waters, not to mention the searching souls - young and experienced - who gravitate toward its dangers.

    Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • In spite of his low-key ambitions, debut filmmaker Simon Baker doesn't yet have the eloquence as a director to get you on board.

    Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Star Simon Baker, in a solid directing debut, blends surfing and coming-of-age elements into film of moments that don't always tie together. But when they do - oh, how they soar.

    Jun 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Breath is a wistful and wounded coming-of-age story about surfing, surrender, and the sordid experience of losing your virginity to a married older woman who's got a thing for erotic asphyxiation.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • I found Breath too long to sit through without dozing, which may be a good thing since it is a film with an inestimably slow tempo, offering numerous opportunities for naps.

    May 31, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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