Breathing / Atmen

  • Karl Markovics
  • In German
  • 93 mins

Tomas Schubert gives a quiet, understated performance as Roman – a teenager who takes a job in a morgue disposing of the recently deceased, while attempting to reconnect with his absent mother. A slow-burning drama, Breathing features some stunningly bleak cinematography by Martin Gschlacht, and was Austria’s submission for Best Foreign Language film for this year’s Oscars.

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Cast: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka, Gerhard Liebmann, Georg Friedrich, Stefan Matousch
Country: Austria
Year: 2011
Subtitles: Full English

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Thu 3rd May 2012


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. ****
The Guardian

The subject matter is unglamorous, perhaps even worthy, yet this debut from esteemed Austrian actor Karl Markovics (he starred in The Counterfeiters) is a mature and touching piece of work. ****
Time Out

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