Andrew Garfield earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Actor last year for his work in Mel Gibson’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” and he could find himself back in the race this year should “Breathe” catch on with audiences and voters. The movie co-star Claire Foy, who earned an Emmy nomination this year for her acclaimed work on Netflix’s “The Crown” and will next be seen as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl With The Spider’s Web.” Putting these two appealing leads front and center is the movie’s best decision.
The swooning period piece, which marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis, tracks the decades of survival by Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), a man stricken with polio in the ’50s who survived on a breathing machine for some 40 years, and the devotion of his wife Diana (Claire Foy) who stuck by his side that entire time.
In his B review out of TIFF, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called “Breathe” a “a gorgeous, romantic drama that earns its emotional resonance without venturing beyond the most familiar beats.”
Bleecker Street will release “Breathe” in theaters October 13. Watch the new trailer below.