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Super Reviewer
November 24, 2016
With an excellent direction by Karl Markovics (who also wrote the script and starred in The Counterfeiters), this is a moving drama that follows a nuanced and well-constructed character played impressively well by the so far unknown but very talented Thomas Schubert.
½ March 30, 2015
A juvenile delinquent gets a work release job with at the city coroner department... high jinks ensue, but Austria is close enough to the Eastern Bloc that the high jinks are appropriately soul crushing.
July 4, 2014
As still as a corpse, and as cold.
½ May 8, 2014
Another great example for Austrian cinema. This film comes along very quiet without being boring. It's a character study close to the coming of age genre, at times a little depressing, but it never loses a certain flicker of hope. Also noteworthy: Thomas Schubert who delivers a fine performance was casted as an amateur actor.
½ May 3, 2014
The type of movie that makes you stop, think and reflect
½ February 10, 2014
six feet under versi Austria?
½ December 9, 2013
The movie communicates through the visuals and does not rely on words, and it's very refreshing in the sense that it suffices in pulling the audience in the quite complicated state of mind of its main character. The only thing I didn't like was sound editing and music; it's possible to add to the movie experience without making it over-dramatic.
October 14, 2013
Quietly compelling character study of a juvenile delinquent who comes to terms with his violent past.
Super Reviewer
½ August 22, 2013
Excellent debut feature, reminiscente of the Dardenne Brothers.
½ August 8, 2013
A young man that's been in orphanages or in jail all his lifetime tries to start a new life. He gets a job at a morgue and we follow him and his quite depressing life. The pacing here is great and the development is neat - we get to know many characters. The imagery is OK, the acting is OK and the atmosphere is fine.

This is Karl Markovics' directorial debut. A guy that's probably most known from his acting in "The Counterfeiters". His film is good and worth a watch, but it's not some mindblowing stuff. It's getting better and better towards the end though. That's a good thing.

7 out of 10 squirting beers.
December 16, 2012
A story of self-realisation powerfully written, performed and directed.
November 28, 2012
Beautiful, but I couldn't find it in my heart to like the main character.
½ October 3, 2012
An impressive and very controlled debut, emotionally painful and introspective.
September 17, 2012
Another one of 2012's best films, the story concerns a youth who had made the transition - via a manslaughter charge - from an orphanage to a juvenile detention centre and then on to a mortuary, albeit as an active participant rather than an 'inmate'.

The story presents a gloomy portrait of a wintry Austria but never ceases to hold the attention - gradually the surliness of Roman Kogler lifts to reveal a thoughtfulness not seen at the beginning. Introspective for sure but a fascinatting movie that provides an insight into the modern youth penal system.
½ September 15, 2012
An 18 year old on probation starts work as an undertaker, we wonder if his rehabilitation will be possible. Eschewing melodrama, this is a disarmingly honest and sparsely simple slice of drama shot with a wonderfully frugal and geometric eye.
½ September 13, 2012
I would give this movie 3 stars before because I think it's kind of fail realism, but the breathing connection is quite interesting
August 22, 2012
Thomas Shubert offers a solid performance as Roman, a 19 year old who is about to be released from a detention center. He has spent the last five tears locked up after accidentally killing a boy in a youth center. Roman has grown up in orphanages and youth centers and doesn‚(TM)t really see what is so good about freedom in the outside world. He does work for his rehabilitation, though, ending up getting a body transport job in a mortician‚(TM)s office.

‚Atmen‚? isn‚(TM)t horribly dramatic, but it‚(TM)s subtly and chillingly emotional. Roman‚(TM)s story carries poignant social observations as well as operates as a dynamic character study. The point of view is Roman‚(TM)s, he is always identifiable. We feel his indifference, his fear and sense of being abandoned. How do you start building a life as an adult when you never had one as a child? Why should you try, if the community around you sees you as a danger at worst, an inconvenience at best?
August 17, 2012
A psychological drama based on a story of a young boy kept in a sort of a night-prison which he has an opportunity to leave in the morning to attend work, provided he returns back in the evening. He finds an job in an undertaker agency scrolling through papers and keeps it, while we discover details of his personal life, his feelings and fears, the coincidence that led to his first crime, his mother's personality and the reasons why she have him up. The film is very realistically done, and has a moderately optimistic potential.
½ June 2, 2012
Aunque el tema es muy bueno la pel√≠cula es total y completamente aburrida, hay momentos donde alguien deber√≠a pegar un grito y simplemente mira.. es la historia de un chico abandonado por su madre que se cr√≠a en un orfanato y luego esta en prisi√≥n por matar a un compa√Īero, se puede ver pero es demasiado lenta para mi gusto
½ May 25, 2012
Karl Markovics combines gorgeous pictures with a thought-provoking story and creates a masterwork you will never forget.
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