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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


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


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


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


    Bleak subject-matter.

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