For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life an adaptation of the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Academy Award® nominee Andrew Garfield, Golden Globe® winner Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson,and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, Breathe is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.
Deadline Hollywood/Pete Hammond
This movie is very special indeed. It’s life-affirming, and if that is something you need right now — and don’t we all? — you will be sorry if you miss it. The producer is Jonathan Cavendish, Robin and Diana’s son who has been working in the business for a quarter-century on such movies as Bridget Jones’s Diary and its first sequel and Elizabeth: The Golden Age. But now with Breathe, he clearly has found his most personal film.
Randy Cordova/Arizona Republic
The sentiment may run high in spots. But it also feels undeniably heartfelt and warm, with a particularly engaging turn by Andrew Garfield as Robin.
Breathe is worth seeing both for Garfield's and Foy's impressive performances as well as Serkis' delicate and tender direction.
Toronto Star/Bruce Demara
This is a film that rises above the doldrums. It inspires in the best way, in large part because it's based on a true story.
New York Observer/Rex Reed
Given the limitations of his role, I can't praise Andrew Garfield enough.
Globe and Mail/Kate Taylor
Serkis achieves a careful balance with a film that tastefully covers some delicate territory.