Breathe

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date:
October 20, 2017 - Toronto
October 27, 2017 - Wide
DVD/Blu-ray: January 2, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 5.00
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Cast: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville

Synopsis

Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) spots a beautiful young woman named Diana (Claire Foy) at a cricket match and even though his friends tell him he doesn't stand a chance, they fall in love and get married.

In 1959, the Cavendishes are in Kenya with their first child on the way when Robin is struck down by polio. The doctors say he's paralyzed and only has a few months to live. They return to Britain, where Robin is confined to a  hospital bed day in and day out, staying alive only thanks to a ventilator that keeps him breathing.

Although Robin would rather die than lie in a hospital bed for the rest of his life, Diana refuses to listen, saying their son needs his father. In order to bring back Robin's will to live, Diana has to figure out how to get him out of the hospital and home, where she plans to care for him herself. 

Director: Andy Serkis
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Jonathan Cavendish
Screenplay: William Nicholson
Official Site: bleeckerstreetmedia.com/breathe

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  • 5 stars "Absolutely superb! Inspirational, heartfelt, and educational! Best movie I have seen in a long time!!"
  • 5 stars "An amazing movie, well done!!!"
  • 5 stars "Based on true accounts that could have been depicted in a maudlin or feel sorry for me story, this film goes to the heart and depicts a wife's determination to bring life to her paralyzed husband. Unable to move any limbs with a breathing tube in his trachea our hero watches his son grow to manhood while enjoying the company of many devoted friends. More importantly, he became an advocate for all those stricken with polio that they not be treated as prisoners but be allowed to live in a world of non-handicapped people with wheelchairs and conveyances suited to their limitations. The most joyous scene in the movie takes place in Spain while driving through the hills. The scene is as miraculous as our hero's life. The credits notes that the film was produced by our hero's son as a loving tribute to his father. Talk about profiles in courage, this film has it all."