(12A, 112 mins)
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.