Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed whilst in Africa. 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. BREATHE is a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility, a love story about living every breathe as though it’s your last.
Andy Serkis’s directorial debut is a precious thing – a captivating against-the-odds true story with some great performances.
Gollum himself is an actor’s director – hell he’s had to convey emotion through mo-cap for most of his life – so it’s no surprise he draws out the best from leads Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Claire Foy (The Crown).
Garfield nails Robin Cavendish’s rapscallion charm and is entertaining throughout the film. Claire never sentimentalises Diana’s role, and the pair’s love story keeps the film’s heart (and lungs) pumping effortlessly.
Half the fun of the film is the cracker supporting cast full of familiar Brits. Tom Hollander manages to play twin brothers (thanks to Serkis’s CGI trickery) along with Hugh Bonneville, Stephen Mangan (Green Wing) and Game of Thrones stars Diana Rigg and Tommon Lannister himself playing Robin’s son Jonathan.
Amazingly the real-life Jonathan is a film producer (he’s behind Bridget Jones series), and should be proud of showing what his parents accomplished in the face of adversity. And it doesn’t hurt he hired he got Scorsese’s and Tarantino’s Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson to lovingly shoot it too.
While it does follow the safe road of many heart-warming British movies that have come before it, Breathe does give air to the hardships severely disabled people have had to endure.
What is sure to be a crowd-pleaser in the suburbs, Andy Serkis delivers an eye-opening and heart-warming remarkable real-life story. Just don’t let anyone catch you wiping away a tear at the end.
Releases: 26th December 2017
Duration: 118 minutes
Duration: 118 minutes
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville
Director: Andy Serkis (Debut Feature Film)
Jonathan Cavendish, Robin's son, is a film producer and is one of the producers on this film.
Parts of this film were shot at Royal Air Force Benson.
Part of the movie is shot in Hluhluwe South Africa.
Diana Rigg, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Roger Ashton-Griffiths all starred together in HBO's hit series Game of Thrones (2011).