Breathing Reviews

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January 5, 2019
Behind the film's copious themes and social criticisms lies an intoxicating appreciation of life as a fragile and delicate gift which can so often be taken for granted.
August 27, 2018
Thomas Schubert's turn as Roman that is the stand out feature of the film; everything from his boyish face and vacant stare to his withdrawn body language is entirely convincing.
August 14, 2018
A relaxed, prudent tone is established, allowing for an honest, conceivable and faultless performance to be administered by newcomer Schubert.
July 9, 2018
Much is asked of non-professional actor Thomas Schubert and it is ultimately his performance that raises the film to the level of the sublime.
September 4, 2012
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.
August 31, 2012
Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.
August 30, 2012
"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.
August 28, 2012
Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
April 29, 2012
Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.
April 22, 2012
An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.
April 20, 2012
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.
April 20, 2012
A provocative debut that captures its subject under glass and is content to observe. It's painful and poetic but a shade too introspective for its own good.
April 20, 2012
A beautifully judged, small-scale human drama that lingers in the memory long after some of those rowdy, big-budget blockbusters have faded.
April 19, 2012
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.
April 19, 2012
As an actor-turned-director film, Markovics bracing debut is up there with Xavier Beauvois' of Gods and Men.
April 19, 2012
Markovics flexes his muscles on the other side of the camera with terrific effect. A fine, moving debut for the new writer/director.
April 9, 2012
Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
March 26, 2012
Poignant story of a nineteen-year-old at a Austrian juvenile detention center who gets a probation job at a morgue and begins inching toward a new life.
March 24, 2012
Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
November 18, 2011
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.
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