Breathing

Breathing

Roman Kogler is 19 years old and has lived all his life in institutions. Abandoned by his mother as a young child and raised in an orphanage, he is now serving time in a juvenile detention centre having accidentally killed a boy of his own age in a brawl ... when threatened with a life behind bars unless he finds a job and sticks to it, he eventually finds a probation job shifting dead bodies at the municipal morgue in Vienna. The work is physically and emotionally draining and his co-workers are not exactly welcoming. But when Roman is one day faced with a dead woman who bears his family name, it occurs to him that this may be the mother who gave him up for adoption and he begins to explore his past. 3.8 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
Breathing

Omniscore:

Certificate 15
Genre Drama
Director Karl Markovics
Cast Karin Lischka, Gerhard Liebmann, Georg Friedrich Thomas Schubert
Studio Verve Pictures
Release Date April 2012
Running Time 94 mins
 

Roman Kogler is 19 years old and has lived all his life in institutions. Abandoned by his mother as a young child and raised in an orphanage, he is now serving time in a juvenile detention centre having accidentally killed a boy of his own age in a brawl ... when threatened with a life behind bars unless he finds a job and sticks to it, he eventually finds a probation job shifting dead bodies at the municipal morgue in Vienna. The work is physically and emotionally draining and his co-workers are not exactly welcoming. But when Roman is one day faced with a dead woman who bears his family name, it occurs to him that this may be the mother who gave him up for adoption and he begins to explore his past.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

David Parkinson

Despite the edgy lyrical realism achieved by cinematographer Martin Gschlacht, this impeccably paced rite of passage defies the recent trend in Austrian cinema by allowing a touch of compassion to breach the bleakness.

17/04/2012

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

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.

20/04/2012

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The "breathing" of the title becomes a cleverly recurrent motif, and 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.

19/04/2012

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

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.

18/04/2012

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The Times

Kate Muir

Breathing is set in a prison, a morgue and Ikea, which led one wag to say: how can you tell the difference? But the institutional background makes Karl Markovics’s story of an Austrian teenager trying to break free of his past all the more compelling.

20/04/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

An affecting, unsentimental film with a strong central performance from Thomas Schubert.

22/04/2012

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

Thoughtfully shot by first-time director Karl Markovics (the lead in The Counterfeiters), the only warmth comes from the stiffening cadavers.

09/04/2012

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