(12A, 112 mins)

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BREATHE is the in­spi­ra­tional true story of a dap­per young man (Andrew Garfield) who con­tracted po­lio in 1950s Kenya and faced the grim real­ity of spend­ing his fi­nal days con­fined to a hospi­tal bed, paral­ysed from the neck down and re­liant on ma­chines to carry out ba­sic bod­ily func­tions.

En­cour­aged to em­brace life by his spir­ited wife (Claire Foy) rather than shrink from it, the pa­tient blazed a de­fi­ant trail by ven­tur­ing out­side the hospi­tal in a spe­cial wheel­chair fit­ted with a bat­tery­pow­ered mo­bile res­pi­ra­tor.

Andy Serkis’ di­rec­to­rial de­but is an­chored by ster­ling per­for­mances from Garfield and Foy as the

cou­ple who be­lieve their love and the en­dur­ing power of the hu­man spirit will prove science wrong.

Scriptwriter Wil­liam Ni­chol­son cuts back and forth be­tween the cen­tral love story and med­i­cal mir­a­cles, de­liv­er­ing gen­tle tugs to our heart­strings as set­backs em­bolden the seem­ingly pow­er­less to risk ev­ery­thing for one more day in the sun.

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