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Based on the true story of Robin, a handsome, brilliant and adventurous man whose life takes a dramatic turn when polio leaves him paralyzed.
Breathe is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Andy Serkis in his directorial debut, from a screenplay by William Nicholson. It stars Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander, Ed Speleers and Dean-Charles Chapman, and tells the story of Robin Cavendish, who became paralyzed from the neck down by polio at age 28.
The film had its world premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2017. It was released in the United States by Bleecker Street on October 13, 2017, and in the United Kingdom by STXinternational on October 27, 2017.
The Cavendish’s son, Jonathan Cavendish, who runs Imaginarium Productions production company with director Andy Serkis, commissioned writer William Nicholson to write the film’s screenplay, and is one of the producers of the film. He stated in an interview with London Evening Standard that in producing the film, he wanted to capture the “swashbuckling band of eccentrics” he knew in his childhood.
During filming, Garfield had to remain immobile as Cavendish was depicted being tended to with everyday tasks such as bathing, adding, “But we also had to show that Robin and Diana remained romantically attractive to each other…The amazing thing was that everyone around Robin became his body. He became the mastermind behind all this invention.” Garfield characterized Diana as more than just a soul mate, but “Robin’s access to the world. He had tremendous dependence, physically and emotionally, on Diana.” This influenced Garfield’s own relationship with Claire Foy, who portrays Diana, saying, “I would treat her body as my body. There’s a beautiful symmetry and synchronicity there.” Garfield explained that he spent time with the real-life Diana, Jonathan and their friends and family, which allowed him to absorb something of Robin’s personality, and “glimpse the man inside the respirator”.
Regarding her portrayal of Diana, Claire Foy stated, “The most important thing to get was their love for each other. I didn’t want to over-sentimentalise her; and she definitely doesn’t want to be seen as a saint, or an angel, or incredible sort of nurse. It was just actually love.” According to Jonathan Cavendish, his father’s first thought after being struck down by polio was to “turn off the machine”, reasoning that Diana was only 25, and telling her, “You can start again.” Touching upon Diana’s rejection of this notion, Foy states, “She wasn’t going anywhere. That’s the thing I found the easiest to understand: she loved him! She was going through it with him. There was no cutting and running, as far as she was concerned. That wasn’t ever going to be an option.”
Director: Andy Serkis Writer: William Nicholson (screenplay) Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville | See full cast & crew »