Breathing (2012)

The acclaimed directorial debut from veteran Austrian actor Karl Markovics (star of the Academy Award-winning The Counterfeiters), is an eloquent, affecting portrait of an incarcerated teenager (newcomer Thomas Schubert) attempting to win… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2014
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Nordine
Village Voice

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.

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David Fear
Time Out

Markovics shows a keen attention to performers that you'd expect from a thespian-turned-director.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Elegant cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, one of Austria's most sought-after lensers, gives "Breathing" added depth.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

"Breathing" stands as a sure-handed look at an individual's slow journey toward realization.

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Siobhan Synnot

Low-key, sombre, and slightly more lively than the coffins.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More