I love a good movie – and one of my plans (not resolutions cos I always break resolutions) is to watch more movies in 2018!) and I am excited to get to watch Breathe, which opens in cinema’s nationwide today.
Breathe is a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility that is based on real life events. This inspiring film featuring Claire Foy (Season of the Witch, Going Postal) and Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, The Amazing Spiderman, Silence, Never Let Me Go), is a love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.
This motion picture is also actor Andy Serkis’s (Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Rise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) directorial debut and he worked very closely with scriptwriter, William Nicholson (Gladiator, Les Misérables, First Knight) to tell the story of his best friend and producer, Jonathan Cavendish’s (Bridget Jones’ Diary, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) parents with the sensitivity and empathy that it deserved.
Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa at the age of twenty-eight. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination transcends his disability. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life.
They also use their own story to inspire other people who are going through similar circumstances. Clever technology makes it possible for Robin to ‘get out of bed’ and experience new adventures and enables him to become an advocate for disabled people across the world.
The movie, which is set in the 1950’s, not only boasts a beautiful set and costume design, but also a star-studded cast. “The most important thing to get was their love for each other. I didn’t want to over-sentimentalise her; and she definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a saint, or an angel, or incredible sort of nurse. It was actually just true love,” says Foy about getting into character for this part. Foy has been praised for her accurate portrayal of Diana Cavendish.
Hugh Bonneville, who has already been nominated for BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in Downtown Abbey, and Tom Hollander (Mission Impossible, About Time, Pirates of the Caribbean) can also be seen in the movie.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and was also screened at the Opening Night Gala at the BFI London Film Festival. It has already been nominated for an Archie Award for Best First Feature at the Philadelphia Film Festival and Best Makeup and Hair Design and Sound at the Independent British Film Awards. During the Heartland Film Festival, it won the Truly Moving Picture Award.
It will appeal to audiences of all ages, but especially if you enjoyed The Theory of Everything, Lion, The Imitation Game and Brooklyn.
This inspirational movie is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and will be at the following cinemas in Gauteng from today, 19th January:
Cedar Square Ster-Kinekor
i’langa Mall Ster-Kinekor
Brooklyn Mall Cinema Nouveau
Kolonnade Centre Ster-Kinekor
Irene Village Mall Ster-Kinekor
Rosebank Mall Ster-Kinekor
Sandton City Ster-Kinekor
Hyde Park Corner Nu Metro
Cresta Shopping Centre Ster-Kinekor
Greenstone Mall Ster-Kinekor
Woodlands Nu Metro
Check out the trailer here: