Breath dives deeper

Breath (M) Stars Sam­son Coul­ter, Ben Spence, Si­mon Baker, El­iz­a­beth De­bicki, Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake Direc­tor Si­mon Baker Re­view Leigh Paatsch

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Adapted from the much-loved 2008 novel of the same name by Tim Win­ton, Breath has a uni­ver­sally ac­ces­si­ble yet personal story to tell.

The mes­sage so gen­tly con­veyed is both a re­as­sur­ance and a chal­lenge.

While it is nat­u­ral to be in­tim­i­dated by the un­known, it is a mis­take not to un­der­stand why.

The hum­ble yet hard-headed in­tent with which Breath ex­plores this theme will not be lost on any viewer will­ing to show the film the pa­tience and re­spect it war­rants.

For Breath is Aus­tralian cin­e­matic sto­ry­telling at its finest: ma­ture, ad­ven­tur­ous, in­tel­li­gent, playful and calmly as­sured. If you are look­ing to iso­late the time in which Breath takes place, stick a pin any­where you like in the mid­dle of the 1970s.

It is here we find two friends — best friends, in fact, de­spite their ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences.

Pikelet (Sam­son Coul­ter) is just about to turn 14. He’s a good kid, a con­sci­en­tious stu­dent, a du­ti­ful son.

Loonie (Ben Spence) has al­ready turned 14. He’s a like­able kid, but call­ing him a good kid would be re­ally push­ing it. School is a bust.

With plenty of time on their hands and some of the best waves in the coun­try right on their doorstep, it is in­evitable Pikelet and Loonie are surfers in the mak­ing.

Just as the waves come call­ing to the boys, so too does an older men­tor who be­lieves be­ing at one with the ocean shapes “men above the or­di­nary”.

Sando (Si­mon Baker, who also di­rects for the first time with re­straint and aplomb) was once a pro surfer and now kicks back in a shack on the out­skirts of town.

As for his mys­te­ri­ous girl­friend Eva (El­iz­a­beth De­bicki), well, let’s just say she can sense some­thing else in Pikelet that will both scare and shape him into the man he will one day be­come.

Si­mon Baker, Ben Spence and Sam­son Coul­ter in a scene from Breath.

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