Breathing (Atmen) Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Breathing (Atmen)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    15 (UK): Contains strong language.

  • The pitch:

    Through your mouth, preferably.

  • Starring:

    Thomas Schubert, Stefan Matousch, Georg Veitl, Gerhard Liebmann, Georg Friedrich, Karin Lischka, Klaus Rott

  • Directed by:

    Karl Markovics

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A video testimony features a youth describing an assault (hitting, manslaughter). A woman describes how she suffocated/revived her baby. Arguing, shouting. Blood/gore: Corpses in body bags, mortuary fridges, on the floor/ground, in coffins. A corpse is washed. Two men perform an autopsy. Corpses with scars, stitches. Coffins, can of ashes seen. Toilet, urination, spitting. Emergency services personnel perform CPR on a victim.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A male youth is seen frequently undressing (full nudity). Naked corpses show full female nudity; male nudity is obscured by body bag. Underwear, swimwear. Male youth in shower (genitals not visible). Flirting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Smoking.Vials of prescription meds seen on bedside table.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Juvenile detention, crime, second chances, parole, employment, identity, death industry, guilt, redemption, abandonment.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Cemetery, detention centre, mortuary settings. An orphan finds his biological mother. Bird, fish, fishing (TV program). German language with subtitles. Original title is Atmen.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Gripping, unsentimental, well paced. Stark, detached and real.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Bleak subject-matter.

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