From his breakout role as Eduardo Saverin in “The Social Network” to finding himself as Peter Parker in “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Andrew Garfield is back in one of his most dramatic roles to date in “Breathe” co-starring Golden Globe winning actress (“The Crown”) Claire Foy.
The film takes us back to the 1950’s at the height of the Polio outbreak and welcomes us into the life of Robin Cavendish, who after being given only three months to live after being paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28, becomes a pioneering advocate for the disabled.
What does one do when an illness takes away your life during its prime? Does one succumb to the sickness or do you continue fighting and hope that somewhere along the way you find a silver lining? Together with his wife Diana, they travel the world with the hopes of transforming the lives of others like him.
Critics could not help but find themselves spreading praises to the beauty of the story and how two of Hollywood’s finest gave their unforgettable performances in this docudrama.
The New York Times finds “Breathe” as the perfect mix of horror, drama and awareness needed for a movie with this kind of theme, “It’s a rebel moment of chillingly authentic horror that seems to have slipped through every bad-feeling filter the filmmakers have installed.”
Andy Serkis who has become a household name with a household face, makes his directorial debut in this film and is seen to be one for the books, Common Sense Media had this to say to the highly talented actor for his boldness in directing “Breathe.”
“In his directorial debut, Serkis keeps the focus tightly on the characters — and reaps the rewards, especially from Foy’s superb performance as Diana.”
Serkis gives you a glimpse of how a British film can be beautifully executed making it highly possible for it to reach the most golden of award ceremonies.
Written by William Nicholson (“Les Misérables”, “Gladiator”) the film co-stars Tom Hollander (“Hanna”), Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”) and Game of Thrones star Dean-Charles Chapman.
“Breathe” hits theaters near you starting November 22 and is distributed by Pioneer Films. Check out the trailer below.