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thumbnail Breath (2017 Australia)

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Director: Simon Baker
Starring: Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker, Richard Roxburgh
Genre: Drama
Duration: 115 mins

No author has written more evocatively than Tim Winton about growing up in regional Australia in the 1970s. His 2008 novel, Breath, enriches its themes of teenage self-discovery, daredevil recklessness, friendship, love and disillusionment with uncommonly beautiful descriptions of surfing, steeped in grandeur and lyricism. Those elements translate effectively to the screen in Simon Baker’s debut feature. Observed with warmth and sensitivity, this is a rewarding coming-of-age drama that features terrific performances from two young newcomers in the central roles. Poetic narration from Winton bathes their teenage exploits in reflection, positioning the narrative as the memories of a man contrasting the boy he was with the person he’ll grow into.

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