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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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Baker proves himself a talented director; he manages the rolling rhythms of his waves and his story with skill...
Baker keenly captures the beckoning magnetism of active waters, not to mention the searching souls - young and experienced - who gravitate toward its dangers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruminating surfer drama Breath, based on the best-seller fromTim Winton, cherishes the micro exchanges of male machismo.
The Australian surfer drama is the sleeper film of the summer.
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.
A coming-of-age story without the Stand by Me sentimentality, Breath is a refreshingly original take on boyhood and on surf-movie tropes.
The film's plot is as capricious and changeable as the sea, which may annoy those looking for more to, you know, happen.
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