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Breathing Reviews

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August 31, 2012
Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2012
"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 28, 2012
Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2012
Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 19, 2012
As an actor-turned-director film, Markovics bracing debut is up there with Xavier Beauvois' of Gods and Men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 9, 2012
Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics, the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 18, 2011
...a persistently watchable piece of work that never quite becomes the riveting piece of work Markovics obviously wants it to be...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
March 24, 2012
Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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