I Am Breathing (2013)

I Am Breathing (2013)

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I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralysed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes: "It's amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. It's what separates us and defines us as human beings." Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends and motorbike rides. Neil faces Motor Neurone Disease with incredible humour and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog that touched many people. With his posts forming the film's narration, I AM BREATHING tries to listen to Neil as he asks in the last months of his life: "What makes us human?" (c) Official Site
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NR
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for I Am Breathing

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (7)

Because directors Emma Davie (Platt's widow) and Morag McKinnon spend little time explaining his medical condition, the video doesn't function as a case study.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon deliver an achingly reflective look at the life of a man struggling with ALS.

Full Review… | September 17, 2013
Variety
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Part impressionistic abstract of his day-to-day experience merging with idyllic memories, part letter to his toddler son Oscar, "Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself ...

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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"I Am Breathing" is an earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories movies too often overlook.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
RogerEbert.com
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Platt and his story are inherently moving, and co-directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon wisely employ a light, unobtrusive touch as their camera captures the erosion of Platt's health.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
Village Voice
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A film that, amid cinema's hit parade of violent but curiously instantaneous deaths, reminds us what it means to bear witness to the very end.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
New York Times
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