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BREATHE

BREATHE

ANDY SERKIS · UK · 2017 · 118 mins · PG
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Challenged by polio, a committed couple—played by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy—overcomes the odds in this earnest, sincerely executed true story. You know Andy Serkis from his motion-capture performances as The Lord of the Rings’ Gollum. His directorial debut is the true story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), rendered quadriplegic and mute by polio in 1950s Britain. Given months to live, he perseveres with the help of his wife, Diana (The Crown’s Claire Foy), and an inventive Oxford professor (Hugh Bonneville) who devises a special wheelchair and portable respirator which allows Robin to escape the confines of hospital care.

Under Serkis’s direction, the central performances remain affectingly unsentimental, with Foy a quiet tower of strength and Garfield bringing bracing humor to the initially defeatist Robin, who not only overcomes his own odds but becomes a groundbreaking advocate for the disabled. (There’s also a tart cameo by Diana Rigg as a wealthy benefactor.)

--Time Out New York

If the Cavendishes can face everything with so much good humour, it’s the least an audience can do too. The Globe and Mail
This figgy pudding of a film mostly won me over. The Village Voice
Cast Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville
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