Breath Reviews

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February 15, 2020
It's purposely low-key, but it thrives on deflecting expectation and wallowing in its own ethereal state.
July 26, 2019
Despite a dearth of concrete dramatic developments, Breath is saturated throughout with foreboding.
July 7, 2019
Thirteen-year-old Bruce Pike, aka Pikelet, is thoughtful and sensitive. His best mate, Ivan Loon, aka Loonie, is a scallywag who runs wild and is up for anything. But from day one, they're both in thrall to the primal joy of surfing.
November 13, 2018
There's a richness to cinematographer Arnaud Potier‎'s work here that mirrors the depth of the characters, often times operating in various shades of blue and making evocative use of the natural light he lets in.
November 1, 2018
The Australian surfer drama is the sleeper film of the summer.
November 1, 2018
Ruminating surfer drama Breath, based on the best-seller fromTim Winton, cherishes the micro exchanges of male machismo.
August 27, 2018
It's entirely about the journey, the solitude and the fear-what an individual can make of those elements, what those elements make of an individual.
August 24, 2018
A coming-of-age story without the Stand by Me sentimentality, Breath is a refreshingly original take on boyhood and on surf-movie tropes.
August 24, 2018
Baker proves himself a talented director; he manages the rolling rhythms of his waves and his story with skill...
August 23, 2018
The film's plot is as capricious and changeable as the sea, which may annoy those looking for more to, you know, happen.
August 21, 2018
Clare Foy is luminous. But it's Garfield's charm that makes this film enjoyable.
July 22, 2018
Inappropriate relationships...leave a discomfort to almost overwhelm the convincing portrayal of male adolescent bonhomie, the gorgeous scenery, and fantastic surfing scenes.
June 22, 2018
This tender and evocative Australian coming-of-age drama is specific in its setting but universal in its themes.
June 14, 2018
As odd as it may initially seem, The Endless Summer becomes Summer of '42, and Breath reveals itself to be the coming-of-age story it's been all along.
June 13, 2018
Grey might come in 50 shades (or so we're told), but there are just as many hues of blue in Simon Baker's first film as a director, most of them found in Western Australia's stunning waters.
June 7, 2018
Baker keenly captures the beckoning magnetism of active waters, not to mention the searching souls - young and experienced - who gravitate toward its dangers.
June 1, 2018
Baker confidently steadies the story for a poignant final act, which returns to what worked so well during its first hour.
June 1, 2018
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.
May 31, 2018
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
A delicately wrought rite-of-passage story and rousing surfing film that is larger than the sum of its parts.
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