A 19-year-old is coming out of prison and trying to build a new life but he can't deal with his guilt. Austria's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Oscars of 2012.
Breathing follows 19-year-old Roman (Thomas Schubert), who seeks relief from his bleak life in the youth detention centre through day-release work and a job with the Vienna city morgue seems his last chance. Confronted with overbearing colleagues and the bizarre nature of the job, quiet, withdrawn Roman slowly finds his way back into the real world.
After encountering a female corpse who shares his last name, he sets out to find his mother who abandoned him to state welfare when he was an infant. A touching and believable movie about life and death, tight-lipped, but never boring, bleak, but in the end optimistic. It's very authentic in its depiction of Vienna, its depiction of a boy who hasn't been dealt the best cards in life. And, most of all, it's got its heart in the right place. (subtitles)
Austria · 2011 · Karl Markovics · 90min