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(l -r) Hugh Bonneville stars as Teddy Hall, Claire Foy and Andrew Garfield as Diana and Robin Cavendish, Harry Marcus as their son Jonathan (age 10) and Tom Hollander as David Blacker in Breathe, a Bleecker Street and Participant Media release.Credit: David Bloomer / Bleecker Street | Participant Media
Everyone wants to live life as they chose but in the 1950s, options were severely limited for someone paralyzed. At that time, paralysis usually meant a short life, confined to a hospital on a stationary breathing machine or in an iron lung. Being on a respirator meant not even being able to get about in a wheelchair. Robin Cavendish did not want that life, and thanks to his wife and friends, he did not have to live that way.
- Cate Marquis
Directed by Andy Serkis.
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Andy Serkis is clearly a master at expressing emotion without the means to speak or emote like a regular human being (he is most famous for motion capture work, specifically as Caesar in the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy), so it only feels right that he doesn’t stray too far from his comfort zone with his directorial debut, Breathe. The film tells the true life story of Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield in a hugely limited physical role that he impresses in, assuredly thanks to both his natural talent »
- Robert Kojder
For his directorial debut with Breathe, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Bring the tissues for this one emotional roller coaster. A great date movie!
An amazing cast in this one with Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Jennifer Connelly, Only the Brave is based on the real-life Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of firefighters who courageously battled one of the deadliest wildfires in history, the Yarnell Hill Fire, in order to save an Arizona town. Check this one out in IMAX! »
- Tanner Zipchen
Garfield takes on the true story of Robin Cavendish, a man who was diagnosed with polio at the age of twenty-eight and who became an advocate for the disabled. In order to play the role, Garfield had to try and understand what it would mean to be paralyzed. The film also follows the strength of his marriage with his wife Diane (Claire Foy), making this an incredible love story about perseverance in the face of tragedy.
You can hear all the details in our interview with Garfield, Claire Foy and first time director Andy Serkis below! Breathe opens at select Cineplex theatres on October 20th. Click here for tickets and showtimes! »
- Adriana Floridia
I love, love, love talking to Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy! Their chemistry off-screen is as palpable on-screen. The two are starring in the new romance biopic .Breathe. from director Andy Serkis. Garfield is Robin and Foy is Diana, they.re an adventurous couple who refuses to give in to a debilitating disease. Witness their love triumph above all else! The stars talk about their interest in making the film, and what would they do for love.
We all love Andy Serkis as an actor having breathed life into characters such as Gollum in .the Lord of the Rings. and .The Hobbit. and Caesar in the .Planet of the Apes. trilogy. In .Breathe,. Serkis is making his first big jump directing a full feature film with help from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy.
I sat down with Serkis at the Toronto International Film Festival to get the inside scoop on making .Breathe..
Chicago – The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival has kicked off, and the first weekend has already unspooled. But what is coming up for the Week One as the Festival kicks into gear? HollywoodChicago.com’s Patrick McDonald and Jon Lennon Espino preview the films and events to put on your list.
Each review is designated by (Je) Jon Espino and (Pm) Patrick McDonald. For a Pdf connection to the complete schedule, click here.
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
Master of motion capture Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut in the form of a love story that turns into an inspirational tale. Necessity is the mother of all invention, and this story shows us how Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy) turned their love – with the aid of white privilege and wealth – into hope for people with debilitating polio. Garfield delivers a fantastic performance, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” which debuted in competition in Cannes and scored fresh acclaim at the New York Film Festival, is a day-and-date Netflix release, so no numbers are reported. It’s likely that the family comedy starring Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, who all did substantial press, played well enough at high-end theaters in New York and L.A. to take a bite out of its competitors.
Despite the lack of reported numbers, a glance at the pre-buy seating chart for the Landmark theater in West Los Angeles for Sunday shows in a theater with over 100 seats that are close to sellouts hours ahead of time suggests a weekend total that might be roughly $20,000 (roughly).That’s impressive for a film that any Netflix subscriber can see at home.
Other openers continued the string of movies about real people that are dominating the specialized release schedule. »
- Tom Brueggemann
More than a dozen new Specialty releases will crowd the fall box office this weekend, adding more heft to an already busy marketplace. Participant Media has two titles opening in theaters today, including Breathe (released with Bleecker Street) starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, as well as Human Flow by Chinese artist/activist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei. The company partnered with Amazon Studios on the documentary hitting theaters in New York and D.C. today. Fox… »
The last time I spoke to Claire Foy it was the night before her final day of shooting “The Crown.” She played Queen Elizabeth II for two seasons on Peter Morgan’s acclaimed Netflix series and earned Emmy, BAFTA, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance. The second season debuts December 8, but in the meantime Foy is focused on her burgeoning movie career.
Foy plays Diana Cavendish, the wife of disabled persons advocate Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) in Andy Serkis’ “Breathe.” It’s another impressive, if not period piece turn for the Brit even if the reviews are probably not as pleasant as U.S.
- Gregory Ellwood
There are cynics out there who snicker at any film, based on a true story, that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit at overcoming a physical handicap. I've been among the snickerers myself. But Breathe, the first film directed by motion-capture acting wizard Andy Serkis (Gollum, Snoke, King Kong, Caesar the ape), wore me down by the sheer force of its sincerity. Does the script by William Nicholson sometimes hit the sentiment pedal too hard? It does. But look at the tale it's telling.
Andrew Garfield gives a fierce, »
From its opening aerial shots, to the stylized font used to announce its title, it’s pretty clear that Andy Serkis’ Breathe is a throwback to a kind of movie Hollywood specialized in a very long time ago: the inspirational melodrama based on a true story that once would’ve starred Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Breathe stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy as Robin and Diana Cavendish, respectively, the married couple who revolutionized the way in which the world saw people with disabilities. When we first meet them in the late 1950s, Robin is a bright eyed young man ready to conquer the world. He sets his eye on the beautiful Diana at a cricket game, and despite his friends suggesting she would never go for a guy like him, within the first ten minutes of the film they get married, she’s expecting a child, and he’s »
- Jose Solís
The new horror installment is taking a stab at the weekend’s top spot as it tracks for an opening weekend around $15 million to $20 million from 3,130 locations. The low-budget release is timed to Friday the 13th, and two weekends before Halloween. It will also open in 12 territories abroad, including Australia, Brazil, and Netherlands, with additional markets rolling out through November.
A horror spin on “Groundhog Day,” “Happy Death Day” centers on Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) as a woman who wakes up to the same day — her birthday — every day, and is murdered every time. Christopher B. Landon directed the film based on a script by Scott Lobdell.
Earlier this year in January, Blumhouse’s “Split” opened to a monster $40 million in January, and went on »
- Seth Kelley
MaryAnn’s quick take… A romance and a real-life adventure, full of life-and-death peril and unexpected cheerful good humor, about a pioneer in disability rights and dignity. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
You’ll be dead in two weeks,” growls an unsympathetic doctor to Robin Cavendish, stricken with polio and unable to breathe on his own, as his wife, Diana, springs him from a British hospital. Apparently this was the way things were: Someone like Robin, paralyzed from the neck down and utterly dependent on a respirator, was expected to simply lie in a hospital bed for the rest of his life, presumed to be no more than a few months anyway. I suppose that cantankerous doctor had his patient’s best interests at heart, since no one in Robin’s condition had ever survived outside a hospital before. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
After being snubbed for his performance in The Social Network, Andrew Garfield took a detour from the awards season for a while. Part of that was his turn as Spider-Man, to be sure, though overall he just wasn’t making Academy friendly fare. Then, last year found him in contention for a pair of prestige titles, with Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. The former got Garfield his first nomination, while the latter expanded his range. This week, Breathe opens and hopes to propel Garfield back into the Best Actor field. All of the ingredients are there, so it’s definitely possible that we’re entering a period of time where Garfield will consistently be in the Oscar hunt. The film is a biopic of Robin Cavendish (Garfield) and Diana Cavendish (Claire Foy), a couple that defied the odds in truly spectacular fashion. When Robin is diagnosed with polio and loses the »
- Joey Magidson
Patrick Fugit has landed a role in Damien Chazelle's upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, joining Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Pablo Schreiber, Jon Bernthal, and Kyle Chandler. Based on James R. Hansen's book, the film follows Armstrong's journey to the moon. Universal, who is co-financing the film with Amblin Entertainment, has slated a theatrical release for October 12, 2018. Fugit will play Elliott See, a flight test engineer and Nasa astronaut who was killed in a… »
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease.
When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.
We Are Movie Geeks would like to invite you to an advance screening of Breathe. It’s next Monday, October 16th at 7pm at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Theater
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- Tom Stockman
Sony has inked a home-entertainment deal with Stx International to distribute its titles in the U.K. and Ireland, starting with Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olson thriller “Wind River.” The agreement covers DVD and all digital formats and kicks off in 2018.
The deal is Stx International’s first in home entertainment. Titles that Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will handle in the U.K. include romantic comedy “Home Again,” with Reese Witherspoon, and Andy Serkis’ feature directorial debut, “Breathe,” starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, which has just opened the BFI London Film Festival.
“As the home-entertainment business continues to evolve, this new partnership allows us to leverage our collective strengths and assets to grow our distribution business across platforms,” said David Kosse, president of Stx International. “Sony Pictures is a leader in global home entertainment, and we look forward to joining forces to bring Stx International’s exciting slate of star-driven projects to consumers in the U »
- Stewart Clarke
Breaking out with a Golden Globe win and an accompanying Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in critically acclaimed Netflix drama series The Crown, Claire Foy has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of the most well known and busiest actresses not only in the UK, but in the entertainment community at large. Recently announced to be taking over the role of Lisbeth Salander from Rooney Mara for the upcoming Girl in the Spider's Web, Foy will… »
Schreiber is set to take on the role of astronaut Jim Lovell, the commander of Apollo 13 (he was played by Tom Hanks in the Ron Howard movie), who is one of only 24 people to have flown to the moon, and the only person to have flown there twice without landing.
First Man will see Damien Chazelle’s La La Land star Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, while the rest of the cast includes Corey Stoll (Buzz Aldrin), Kyle Chandler (Deke Slayton), Jason Clarke (Ed White), Jon Bernthal (David Scott), Shea Whigham (Gus Grissom), Brian d’Arcy James (Joseph A. Walker), and Claire Foy (Janet Shearon). »
- Gary Collinson
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