"Breathing" has cinematic ways of making the implicited emotions explicite. The cinematography of the scene when Roman met his mother for the last time at the train station is well arranged, which produce a lot of meanings. Although the last scene is kind of a cliché, the rest is sensitive enough to give the audience feelings about the journey of finding identity.
Like watching a disaster unfold in spectacular slow-motion. No amount of knowing what's going to happen narratively prepares you for the stifling feeling of freedom taken away and tenderness given back, but only in small portions, clandestinely. The undertaker may be boorish and emotionally stunted, but he knows how to how to handle a corpse with all the delicacy and respect the living don't deserve.
Solid debut directorial effort from actor Karl Markovics. Telling the tale of a young offender going through the parole process and getting a job as a mortuary attendant while he looks into finding his birth mother who gave him up at a young age. A film like this depends on the performances and novice Thomas Schubert connects as young Roman with his blank expressions that hides a glimmer of hope for his future.
Very moving, very beautiful and very convincing. This is a must see. The music is perfect for the naturally understated quality of this film. The cinematography is wonderful and elegant - yet there are fantastic touches of humor that sneak in and give us a breath within the tension and grittiness of the story. The tie scene had me weeping in it's sweetness.
Excellent film that explores the consequences of being born unwanted and growing up unloved. This is a universal theme that affects some unfortunate people in all countries and cultures. Living such a life is the ultimate tragedy for anyone to have to endure.
This film is as austrian as one can get. The strange and morbid fascination for dead bodies, twisted family stories and often for bad taste. But here is something else. This first film offers some behind the scene humanity that is not cheap or fake. When Seidl meets the Dardennes (for the best).
La mort, qui fait appel à nos sentiments les plus profonds, est traitée de la manière la plus prosaïque et crue, sans cérémoniel, ce qui crée un malaise très inattendu, accentué par la relation avec la mère. Le sujet est hautement intéressant, mais le film est très lent à démarrer. Le scénario manque un peu de piquant et laisse malheureusement place à beaucoup de longueurs.
This subtle and meditative directorial debut by Austrian actor Karl Markovics about a troubled boy from juvenile detention who takes a job with a morgue reveals itself artfully, one layer at a time. Performances are all quite good, photography solid and my only gripe was the fake smoking. 3.5 stars