• Breathe (2017)


Release Date: October 13th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled.

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Stephen Mangan, Hugh Bonneville, Dean-Charles Chapman, Amit Shah, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Director: Andy Serkis

Genres: Romance , Historical drama , Biography

Production Co: Imaginarium Productions

Keywords: Fall, Wife, Moving, Transformation, Rise, Brother, 1960s, Heartwarming, Hospital, Quest, Doctor, Survival, England, Emotional, 1950s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times

    Breathe is an inspirational story well told, but it’s essentially a paint-by-numbers biopic of a very deserving subject, with only a few bursts of stylistic flair and a couple of minor surprises at best. show more

  • 50
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    The lack of emotional distance between the filmmakers and the subject – producer Jonathan Cavendish is the son of Robin and Diana – might account for the bracingly celebratory approach. This is understandable, perhaps, but it results in a lack of dramatic light and shade, and an absence of texture in the characterisation. show more

  • 40
    Stephen DaltonThe Hollywood Reporter

    Breathe is clearly aiming for the same heart-wrenching emotional heights as James Marsh’s Oscar-winning Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. But this is very much a crude copy, its noble intentions hobbled by a trite script, flat characters and a relentlessly saccharine tone that eventually starts to grate. show more

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