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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After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Garfield
Robin Cavendish
Claire Foy
Diana Cavendish
Tom Hollander
Bloggs Blacker & David Blacker
Stephen Mangan
Dr. Clement Aitken
Dean-Charles Chapman
Jonathan Aged 22
Amit Shah
Dr. Khan
Ben Lloyd-Hughes
Dr. Don McQueen
Emily Bevan
Nurse Margaret
Camilla Rutherford
Katherine Robertson
Phil Robertson
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Christine Langan
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Joe Oppenheimer
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Tim Haslam
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Hugo Grumbar
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Claudia Bluemhuber
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Ian Hutchinson
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Critic Reviews for Breathe

  • It's an eerily skilful performance by Garfield, making it easy to imagine that he really is trying to master the art of speech by regulating his flow of available air.

    December 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Robin's story is certainly a tale of near-triumph over adversity, and the director manages to keep cheap sentimentality at bay. In many ways this is a very English story about intestinal fortitude and the stiff upper lip.

    December 29, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The producer of Breathe, Jonathan Cavendish, is the son of the incredible couple whose story is immortalised in the movie, giving it a weighty, personal connection that transcends some empty exercise in virtue.

    December 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Part exuberant love story, part great escape adventure, this is an old-fashioned tale of triumph over adversity that refuses - like its protagonists - to succumb to confinement.

    October 29, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Breathe is moving, informative and gently funny.

    October 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Whenever things take a turn for the surreal, as opposed to the sentimental, Breathe expands.

    October 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.
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