Breathe

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Strong performances from Breathe's well-matched leads help add an edge to a biopic that takes a decidedly heartwarming approach to its real-life story.

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For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together - raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, BREATHE is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.

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Andrew Garfield
as Robin Cavendish
Claire Foy
as Diana Blacker
Diana Rigg
as Lady Neville
Miranda Raison
as Mary Dawnay

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Critic Reviews for Breathe

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (110) | Rotten (53)

  • Andy Serkis' first directorial effort is traditional to a fault. His sole focus seems to be to move the plot forward, in circumstances the best moments of Breathe take place whenever he takes the foot off the gas.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Endearing, inspirational and beautifully shot, Breathe is an emotional journey that highlights powerful performances from Garfield and Foy.

    November 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a tearjerker, but it shows how little moments can be transformed into adventures.

    October 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Everybody else is a haze of very British window-dressing and they play their parts without fuss or sentimentality. Lest you construe that as a compliment, I'll make it clear that it's a shame, because a little bit of syrup might've spiced things up.

    September 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Serkis controls the tone well, and knows how to manage the talent of the two protagonists. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mikel Zorrilla

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  • Breathe is an inspirational, romantic crowd-pleaser of a film about a couple who refused to accept things as they were and transformed the future for others.

    April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breathe

  • Dec 27, 2017
    This is another great performance from Andrew Garfield in what is a touching and heartfelt story about overcoming serious illness. As this is a real-life story it is even more poignant, especially seeing the strength of character shine through that also led to a medical innovation now common all over the world. Highly recommended.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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