Breathe: The power of love and the will to live.

This was a film that was suggested by my friends. After them forcing me for a long time, I watched it in the end. It was such a different story and the fact that this was a real story made it such a pleasure to watch. So after a long gap, I back with another film, and another review.

Country of origin: United Kingdom, United States

Language: English

Directed by: Andy Serkis

Written by: William Nicholson

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander, Hugh Bonneville, Dean-Charles Chapman, Ed Speelers

Music: Nitin Sawhney

Release date: 13 October 2017 (US), 27 October 2017 (UK)

Duration: 117 minutes

The story follows Robin Cavendish, a very energetic man who earns money through his business in South Africa. One day, while playing cricket, he sees Diana Blacker, a beautiful and elegant woman , who men jokingly say is a “heart breaker”.

It was love at first sight and eventually Robin and Diana get married and soon, are expecting their first child.

But tragedy strikes, when he gets infected from Polio and is paralysed from neck down. It is so bad that he cannot breathe without a ventilator breathing for him. At first he doesn’t want to see anyone nor his newborn son. He only wishes to die. But with support from Diana, he finds the will to live again.

Diana takes him back home and decides to take care of him herself. At first he is bedridden but eventually one of their friends, builds a mobile chair with a breathing system for him, and with that, Robin starts going on and about, finally living.

He realises that being paralysed due to Polio should not mean an end to life, but rather a new beginning. He becomes a pioneering representative for the disabled and manages to change so many people’s lives.

Before I go into other things, let me just say that this was a beautiful film. And the first thing that I have to appreciate is definitely the cinematography. Although I don’t look keenly into these kind of things, the perfection in every scene was so evident, so beautiful. Everything was original and fit the time and style of those years and era. It couldn’t have been captured any better than this.

Kudos to not just Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy but to all the supporting actors in the movie, especially the actors who played their son. It was a good example of the supporting cast performing as good or maybe even better at times, than the lead characters.

I don’t want to survive.

I want to truly live.

This dialogue by Robin Cavendish perfectly captures the theme and essence of this film. I have seen a lot of films , where tragedy strikes with the protagonist suffering from an incurable disease and either succumbing to it, making making us cry buckets of tears, something like ‘The Fault in our stars’ . Or stories where they outlive that tragedy to immense success, like , ‘The Theory of Everything ‘.

Here Robin outlived his downfall. But what makes it different is that, the changes he made where not things that changed the whole world. They were things that resonated within his family’s as well as his loved ones happiness.

A recurring story that is mentioned in the film is-The story of the 60 people stuck in a tin hut. When the man finally gave them permission to die, they died.

Similiar to that, Robin chose his way to live his life. He also chose his death. I think that levels him upto a very high position in my mind. For a man who had to suffer such a huge loss in life, it was amazing how his wife and loved ones inspired him and made him make the choice-not to die, but to live. I think that is very inspiring.

And finally I just want to mention that the film was produced by Jonathan Cavendish, their son, as a dedication to his parents who chose to live to see him grow up. As far as a child is concerned there was no bigger thing that his parents could have done for him I feel, especially considering his father’s health.

With that, I highly suggest this film. It makes you cry happy tears.

Let me know what you feel in the comments below!

25 comments

  1. Another amazing review. Andrew Garfield is a very talented actor that really impressed me with his role in Hacksaw Ridge. If you haven’t seen that one yet, I highly recommend it, as it’s an amazing film.
    This one I saw the trailer for, and it really looked great. It’s a film that has a heavy subject matter, but I like the way you describe it here. Wonderful review. Definitely going to watch this movie at some point!

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  2. I have to see this film. It’s interesting that you wrote this about the same time I wrote a blog on polio. When I was a child we had an epidemic of polio in our town and I was just thinking of that when I wrote my blog. Then today I read your blog. I must see this film. Thanks for your review on it.

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