Breathing (2012)

Breathing (2012)



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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
Art House & International , Drama
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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
Peter Raffalt
as Richter
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 (17) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.

Full Review… | August 30, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

There's no superficial flash here, just patient and compassionate storytelling gradually immersing us in this young man's world, as first-timer Schubert's vulnerable adolescent grows up before our very eyes.

Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breathing

With an excellent direction by Markovics, who also wrote the script (and was the protagonist of Die Fälscher), this is a moving drama that follows a nuanced, well-constructed character played impressively well by the so far unknown but very talented Thomas Schubert.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A first film written and directed by the star of the excellent "The Counterfeiters", "Atmen" could have been another movie about the redemptive power of caring for the dead. But it isn't, though there are vague nods in that direction. "Atmen" is about a young man raised in an orphanage then committed to a juvenile detention facility slowly beginning to care about his life and connect to other people. It tells the story credibly and with great compassion for the varieties of people and how they cope with life.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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