Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy star in this warm, funny and uplifting true story. 'Breathe' follows the life of Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and his wife Diana (Foy), an adventurous and determined couple who refuse to give up when Robin contracts polio and is given just months to live. Against all advice, Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together and with the help of Diana's hilarious twin brothers, both played by Tom Hollander, and the pioneering ideas of their friend and inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), they find a way to live a full and passionate life.
Great film. Follows a long line of similar films that portray the resilience of folk faced with life threatening illnesses and how they fight back with amazing tenacity.
In Breathe Andrew cavendish contracts polio and is left in a state of permanent paralysis. His wife will not let him give in and anchors him to life. Together they change history by turning conventional medical science of the time upside down. With the help of a friend a wheelchair is built that can carry and deliver oxygen. This wheelchair transforms the lives of many more of these hospital bound polio victims who had more or less been written off.
Along with You before me, The best of men, Brief history of time and Untouchable - Breathe is a deeply moving film that retaliates against big brother, and wins . Highly recommended. Rent it !
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enjoyable and informative film
- Breathe review by OP
Well worth watching. Great casting and nicely filmed with lots of historical interest. The more difficult side of caring for the severely disabled, day on day, is not represented in the film, but despite that its a very watchable film
A clear and engaging account of a struggle against the odds that changed many people's lives, in this case in the treatment of polio victims, recommended.
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.
Amazingly uplifting story
- Breathe review by Champ
The synopsis of this film would put most people off - a man is paralysed from the next down after contracting polio, and then lives with it for 30 years. But in fact, the film is wonderfully uplifting and inspiring, and great illustration of the tenacity of the human spirit. Of course, the tragedy of the story is very tragic indeed, and the tears definitely flowed at some points of the film, but the was lots and lots of laughter too.
The cast is excellent throughout, but Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy deserve to be singled out for portraying what is essentially a deep and moving love story. The phrase "love conquers all" is the sort of cliche that would normally make me gag, but in this case it damn well did!
Breathe is a film not to be missed. It is beautifully acted, entertaining and inspiring. It was fascinating to learn more about the history of polio treatment, films based on true stories are very often the best in my experience. I agree with the reviewer who said one shouldn't be put off by the potentially depressing subject of someone suffering from serious illness; it is not a depressing film.
Whenever I see a 'true story' I always have a look at the end to see just how true it really is. In this case what you see, is what actually happened.
This film has been produced by the couples son, he has made it as a loving tribute to 2 incredible parents. What you see (however implausible) is the truth. All the stuff in France in the layby actually happened. I thought that it must have been made up, but no.