Film Review | Atmen (Breathing) by Karl Markovics

Atmen / Breathing DVD cover imageThe description on the back cover sums up Breathing pretty nicely. This is Austrian director Markovics’s first film. A 19 year old boy, who has spent most of his life in the detention system, is just going though the motions. He gives little thought to his daily tasks and ignores the people around him. Things change when he begins working for the morgue and encounters death face to face for the first time.

Though not much happens in the film, the personal interactions are fairly well developed and the relationships seem very realistic. I’ve seen my share of slow and boring films and this was neither. It was selected for a few film festivals and was much better than several of the films I’ve seen at festivals I’ve previously attended. While I have positive things to say about this movie, it did not wow me. I probably wouldn’t tell my friends to watch it, but it was alright and I may have learned a thing or two from seeing it. If you’d like to check it out, see which libraries near you have it.


About amy de simone
Amy is an active volunteer, traveler and photographer. She is interested in art, libraries, museums and nonprofits. She holds an M.A. in Library & Information Studies and a B.A. in Italian Language & Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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