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Breathe (2017)

October. 13,2017
| Drama Romance

Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.


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Too much of everything


Good movie but grossly overrated


If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.

Lachlan Coulson

This is a gorgeous movie made by a gorgeous spirit.


Breathe is a delightfully shot and acted little piece by first-time director and unanimously agreed motion-capture master Andy Serkis. I find that often a poor ending to a story does a rather good job of nullifying everything that's come before it - sadly, Breathe comes under that category for me. Marvellously acted with a terrific cast and brought to life with very nice period set design, it nonetheless falls flat at the end, as it presents a biased and controversial case for euthanasia.Digging into the specifics a little - particularly the aspects I really liked -, I want to talk a bit about mood. I agree with those reviewers who summed up the emotions of the movie by proclaiming something like the following: "I laughed, I smiled, I cried." Serkis successfully blended drama with comedy, crafting a (mostly) lovely film that had a classic British feel and clever sequences of suspenseful, thrilling moments; followed by heart-warming, jolly ones; followed by misery-inducing moments of intense drama and pain. The scenery choices were perfect, and the general visuals and aesthetics were pleasing.Returning to those negatives, the end was given more time and attention than I think it deserved. It felt over-long, and really seemed to push for assisted suicide. It's important that movies tackle real issues, but when a film justifies something as correct and good and true when it isn't, it partly ruins everything. Much of the movie is inspiring, motivational and positive - until the end, when, after so much perseverance, our star simply surrenders. Although it's on the better end of romances, I also think the movie became at times too kissy.


"Breathe" is beautiful film on the life of Mr. & Mrs. Robin Cavendish. Robin, completely body-paralyzed due to polio, is, according to his doctors, doomed to live his small & miserable life bed-ridden in the hospital. But, as Robin says, the doctors never give thought on things that are believed to be impossible. With the help of his family and trustful friends, Robin not only conquered his own misery but also helped other paralyzed patients live better dignified lives beyond the walls of the hospital.The film delivers good in terms of acting performances by Andrew Garfield (as Robin Cavendish) and Claire Roy (as Diana Cavendish). The film provokes the thought of how even a so-believed 'disabled' person was able to bring hope and happiness in the lives of people he touched. And for that, some of the unnecessarily lengthy scenes in the end are totally excused. The film is a good watch for its beauty, ideal life partner depiction, inspirational theme and impactful acting by cast.

Gre da Vid

A true story of a polio victim who did not want the disease to defeat him and in the process invented equipment that improved the lives of the disabled.


Great acting and great story. It wasn't sappy at all. Kept my interest the whole time and didn't drag ever. Strong people who dont take no for an answer. Some humor as well!