"Breathing" by Karl Markovics. With Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka and Gerhard Liebman.
German with English subtitles, N.R, 90 min.
Roman is a teenage boy who grew up in institutions and is now in a detention facility for the accidental killing of another youth. One day, a chance discovery challenges him to reconsider his identity. Starkly lit, composed in the Austrian style of Haneke, Hausner et al, Markovics’s film displays a sense of redemptive purpose that is more like the British social realists and may also have been inspired by "The Son," by Belgian neo-realists Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. (Rotten Tomatoes)
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