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Breathing (2011)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 719 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 31 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 94 min
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Breathing (2011)

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  • IMDb page: Breathing (2011)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 719 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 31 August 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 94 min
  • Filming Location: Vienna, Austria
  • Budget: €1,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Karl Markovics
  • Stars: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka and Georg Friedrich|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Herbert Tucmandl   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Prison | Guilt | Swimming Pool | Funeral Home | Death

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Karl Markovics  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Austria’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.

Plot: Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. |  »

Story: Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed.

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Dieter Pochlatko known as producer
  • Nikolaus Wisiak known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Thomas Schubert known as Roman Kogler
  • Karin Lischka known as Margit Kogler
  • Georg Friedrich known as Rudolf Kienast
  • Gerhard Liebmann known as Walter Fakler
  • Stefan Matousch known as Gerhard Schorn
  • Luna Mijovic known as Mona
  • Georg Veitl known as Jürgen Hefor
  • Klaus Rott known as Leopold Wesnik
  • Michael Duregger known as Polizist #2
  • Elena Dörfler known as Roberta Fakler
  • Magdalena Kronschläger known as Junge Frau
  • Reinhold G. Moritz known as Josef Kallinger
  • Martin Oberhauser known as Gefängniswärter #3
  • David Oberkogler known as Polizist #1
  • Robert Putzinger known as Zugbediensteter
  • Peter Raffalt known as Richter
  • Gabriela Schmoll known as Haushaltshilfe
  • Stephanie Taussig known as Schwiegertochter
  • Werner Wultsch known as Mann im Jogginganzug



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Monika Fischer-Vorauer known as key makeup artist
  • Karoline Strobl known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Julia Gmoser known as assistant production designer
  • Isidor Wimmer known as film designer




Production Companies:

  • Filmfonds Wien (support)
  • Österreichisches Filminstitut (support)
  • Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) (support)
  • Epo-Film Produktionsgesellschaft
  • Cine Styria (support)
  • Filmstandort Austria (FISA) (support)

Other Companies:

  • LISTO Videofilm  post-production (Redcode RAW mastering) (color grading) (film recording) (digital cinema mastering)


  • ASC Distribution (2012) (France) (theatrical)
  • Verve Pictures (2012) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Films Distribution (2011) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • 24 Bilder Filmagentur (2011) (Germany) (theatrical) (disposition) (for Thim Film)
  • Thim Film (2011) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • Thim Film (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Kino Lorber (2012) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • Austria 2011
  • France 19 May 2011 (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic 2 July 2011 (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
  • Israel 14 July 2011 (Jerusalem Film Festival)
  • France 25 August 2011 (Gindou Film Festival)
  • Canada 10 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Germany 16 September 2011 (Oldenburg International Film Festival)
  • Greece 19 September 2011 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Hungary 22 September 2011 (Jameson Cinefest International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 24 September 2011 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • South Korea 7 October 2011 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Brazil 28 October 2011 (São Paulo International Film Festival)
  • France 5 November 2011 (Arras Film Festival)
  • Canada 3 December 2011 (Ottawa European Union Film Festival)
  • Canada 7 December 2011 (Vancouver European Union Film Festival)
  • Germany 8 December 2011
  • UK 20 February 2012 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • France 14 March 2012
  • Hong Kong 26 March 2012 (Hong Kong International Film Festival)
  • USA 29 March 2012 (New Directors/New Films)
  • UK 20 April 2012
  • USA 31 August 2012



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Superunknovvn from Austria, Vienna
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    Karl Markovics had to work hard to escape his signature role asStockinger, the funny sidekick in the popular TV show "Kommissar Rex".It took a lot of "serious" theater work and the leading role in StefanRuzowitzky's Academy Award winning "Die Fälscher" until he finally gotthe respect he deserved as an actor. Now Markovics goes on to prove histalents extend beyond just acting: "Atmen" is his debut as a writer anddirector – and he hits the bull's eye on the first try.

    Apparently, Markovics has worked on a lot of script ideas over theyears, but never deemed any of them good enough to be developed into amovie. Finally his wife convinced him to go through with one of thoseideas, and rightfully so. "Atmen" is an artistic triumph. Not only isthe script brilliantly written, but it is also flawlessly executed. Thedirection seems almost effortless, as if Markovics was already an oldmaster. He seems to know intentionally what to show when, he's got agreat eye for frames and unagitated pictures, and, an actor himself, henaturally knows how to direct other actors. That's not to take awayfrom the great cast. Veteran stars like Georg Friedrich and Karl Rottdon't disappoint, but the focus lies on Thomas Schubert who says a lotwith just facial expressions. Obviousl,y the movie's success dependedon Schubert's performance and the first time actor lives up to thetask. He's a great talent. Hopefully we'll see more of him in thefuture.

    "Atmen" is a touching and believable movie about life and death,tight-lipped, but never boring, bleak, but in the end optimistic. It'svery authentic in its depiction of Vienna, its depiction of a boy whohasn't been dealt the best cards in life. And, most of all, it's gotits heart in the right place. This really deserves an Oscar win – muchmore than "Die Fälscher" did, actually.

  2. slaytonbourdon from New Zealand
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    The actor Karl Markovics has made a beautifully low-key directorialdebut with this rumination on freedom, mortality and coming-of-age andthe parallels between these things. He has a gift for imbuing a 'sliceof life' story with a narrative engine that supplies tension andinterest despite "not much happening" on screen, and his visual styleis very well developed for a debut.

    His greatest gift is directing actors – the ensemble here ismagnificent. But he shouldn't take all the credit for the performinghere – Thomas Schubert in the lead gives one of the best debutperformances I've ever seen, completely lucid, emotionally immediateand "there", creating a tangible character that, over the course of thefilm, we get to know as closely as a good friend. He's a total natural,but that's not to say that he lends his characterisation a calculationand rigorous emotionality on par with the best professionals. Here'shoping for a long career ahead of him.

  3. PipAndSqueak from United Kingdom
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    There is no 'love' in this subtle treatment of emotional dysfunction.All the characters will alienate you and are to all intents and purpose'alienated' in their own lives and roles. Nevertheless, even thehardest officials show a restrained generosity towards the troubledyouth Kolger as he fights and struggles against them. The marvel isthat once the cause of Kolger's anger is revealed you will completelyunderstand his position, why he has grown with such a sour view of theworld. This is not an upbeat movie but it will make you reconsider whyit is that troubled people lash out. They may not really know whyeither, but you can bet there has been a precursor that 'sets them up'.Full marks for illustrating this process without moralising. This filmdeserves a wider audience – show it to some troubled people, it'll givethem cause to hope for a better life.

  4. scotmalez from United Kingdom
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    This is a movie about guilt, dreams, redemption and ultimately hope.You won't like 18 year old Roman Kogler at first. He is sullen,uncommunicative, and in prison. Nobody else seems to like him either.He doesn't like himself. Beset by inner demons, he has committed someunspeakable crime. His only ally is the probation officer who ishelping him to find a job that will convince a parole board that Romanis worthy to be released back into the community. Through the course ofthe movie we learn that he is a boy who has been dealt a bad hand inlife. Brought up in care, he has been a lost soul who made a tragicmistake that caused him to spend his teenage years in detention. A jobin the city morgue proves to be the turning point in the movie, and inhis life. This job is the symbol of his eventual redemption. As hisprison peers turn away from him in disgust at his choice of job, hisequally wary co-workers, initially sceptical at having a convictedcriminal in their midst, soon become accepting of the boy, andeventually encourage him to develop in his new role. A stroke of fateduring a call-out one day, leads Roman down a path of self-discovery,which will help him to understand why he became the person he now is,and allows the audience to explore the damaged relationship, whichneeds to be repaired before the boy can address his inner demons andmove on with his life. This is stark, often graphic, but never dull.You will end up liking Roman. As he understands what has brought him tothis point in his life, he begins to like himself more. He exhibits aninner strength and confidence that belies his young years. You can besure he will make a success of himself, in spite of the bad start thatlife offered him.

  5. shatguintruo from rio de janeiro, Brazil
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    Through the magnificent photography of Martin Gschlacht, we takescience, right in the opening scenes, that we are facing a movietotally different then those we saw before. Initially controversial(due to the fact of stupendous interpretation of Thomas Schubert) RomanKogler will creeping in our imagination as one more important characterin movie's history. Take, for example, the scene in which, after moreday of labor, he comes back to "his home" : when he observes the otherspassengers, as if the was trying to guess how the lives of those"unknown": Are they happy? Do they fight among themselves? Do they haveenough money to sustain themselves? What are theirs aspirations (secretor not)? After all these thoughts, the final question (made in silenceto himself and looking out through the glass train's window, whichreflects his inner loniless): And how my life would be without havingto go back to "home" = Prison? Poignant film! Karin Lischka (almost thesame level of interpretation of Thomas Schubert) is simply sensationalwhen she reveals brutally, bluntly, that she tried to kill his own son!Must-see movie for all those who enjoy a film in which the Director(Karl Markovics) seeks to dissect with a scalpel, the soul of all hischaracters. On a scale of 1 to 10, rating: 10 (masterpiece).

  6. murtaza murad from Pakistan
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    Austria has been hitting aces with films like THE COUNTERFEITERS andREVANCHE and again with BREATHING, the country proves it has got whatit takes to be considered amongst quality film making countries.

    The film is small and poignant driven by a brave, bold and hauntingperformance by Thomas Schubert. The boy delves deep into the characterand comes up with a nuance and sincerely enriched performance statingthat he clearly lived every second of the film and literally felt thecharacter making him able to wear the character over himself like acostume.

    The supporting cast was adequate and served their purpose decently.

    Karl Markovics is a known actor who inspired me with his acting skillsin THE COUNTERFEITERS but here he comes up with an even better film andinspires with his directing and writing skills. The scenes weremeticulously crafted, the feelings of the reclusive lead character wereso rich that one watching the film can easily feel the mental pain andtorture that he goes through.

    The scenes i like best were when the Schubert releases the trappedbird, it carefully tells how his character has evolved into someoneless brutal and caring person.

    The score by Herbert Tucmandl and cinematography by Martin Gschlachtwas cool and provided with the accurate mood of the film; dense, lowbut yet beautiful.

    This movie might not be appealing to everyone but the lovers ofart-drama films will surely cherish this small gem from Austria.

  7. dumsumdumfai from Canada
    07 Sep 2012, 2:20 pm

    Spoiler from the beginning.

    You can say this is a film about growing up and look back at thechoices one makes. But not really as the director explained Q&A at tiff2011–> it is about breathing – an sign of life. He goes on to say thisis about how one did not know the tools of life finds out about thesetools .. so (I'm adding here) this person can deal with life.

    But the choices made from each frame are just about perfect. The soundcuts, the perspectives of the camera, the slow information, the choicefor the lead actor, a 17 yr old at the time. He is amazingly good.

    And it is not easier to watch some parts of this due to the nature ofthe job the lead protagonist, who is a youth offender. He chose to workin a morgue of all places. But you see what he is trying to do, slowly(and that's the key) as YOU get to know him.

    Of course the direction is assure. It takes its own time in scenes.Telling just enough, again not in a hurry for information overload.

    Great job.

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