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The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager (newcomer Thomas Schubert) attempting to win parole by working at a local morgue. Raised from birth in institutions, he is initially impassive and self-sabotaging in his behavior; soon, though, he begins to respect the solemn work of handling the dead, and starts to come to terms with his own youthful crime. (C)Kino


Thomas Schubert
as Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka
as Margit Kogler
Georg Friedrich
as Rudolf Kienast
Gerhard Liebmann
as Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch
as Gerhard Schorn
Georg Veitl
as Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott
as Leopold Wesnik
Reinhold Moritz
as Josef Kallinger
Martin Oberhauser
as Gefängniswärter #3
David Oberkogler
as Polizist #1
Michael Duregger
as Polizist #2
Stephanie Taussig
as Schwiegertochter
Gabriela Schmoll
as Haushaltshilfe
Elena Dorfler
as Roberta Fakler
Werner Wultsch
as Mann im Jogginganzug
Robert Putzinger
as Zug Bediensteter
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Critic Reviews for Breathing

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8)

  • A film of unreconciled impulses, Breathing is by turns vaguely sentimental and cooly detached in a manner that's ultimately more off-putting than it is complementary.

    Sep 4, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.

    Aug 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.

    Aug 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.

    Aug 28, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Not exactly life-affirming, but Schubert's performance is so eloquent and Markovics's direction so sure that the film blazes with an extraordinary power.

    Apr 20, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Markovics's script circles around the themes of death and life in thoughtful and elegant ways: it is a well-carpentered screenplay which bears every sign of having been a labour of love, worked on fruitfully over many years.

    Apr 19, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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