The camera follows for few years a couple, parents of three, struggling for their kids – in different, difficult ages each – especially for the one who is born sick. The main theme is the blind, naif faith and self-serving religion. They desperately want to believe in miracles, hesitant to entrust science and medicine; in the end, they'll be eventually persuaded, but [predictable spoiler] nothing's going to change.
Brilliant as it is, the New Romanian Cinema often lacks an emotional compass - its universe is a fairly unforgiving one. A Mere Breath is an affecting exception, even here too there is a lot of toughness. The portrayal of a devout Christian family could have lurched into lazy stereotype but we see here pragmatic, loving believers. A quietly heartening film about good people.
- better than Boyhood
- I truly hope the family, especially Denisa is okay
(chris marker’s review is too misleading btw. the father is religious but not to the point that he doesn't believe in medical help, etc.)
(3.5 stars) What starts off as a documentary that is pretty dry and pretty religion-oriented slowly turns into a fascinating coming of age story.
An overly religious and domineering father who loses his job at the beginning, a daughter suffering from spina bifada, a wife trying to cope with both, and a teenage son slowly drifting away from everyone.
It's amazing what can happen in 7 years.