• Released
  • September 6, 2013
  • 1 hr 13 min
  • Documentary
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I Am Breathing is not a documentary intended to induce sobbing. It is, instead, a film about dying that is stunningly alive, wildly optimistic, and always insightful and entertaining.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Neil Young
The last couple of years in one tragically truncated life are chronicled with a winning combination of sensitivity and humor in I Am Breathing.
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An earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories movies too often overlook.
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By David Parkinson
A deeply affecting glimpse of a man's quest to salvage beauty from tragedy.
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Los Angeles Times

By Annlee Ellingson
"Breathing" takes its humorous, contemplative tonal cues from Neil himself.
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The New York Times

By Nicolas Rapold
Mr. Platt’s good-humored attitude helps keep the potent material from turning mawkish, and having his perspective also wards off a sense of exploitive voyeurism.
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By Eddie Cockrell
Not so much harrowing as achingly reflective.
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The Guardian

The directors' intimate domestic images only occasionally match the humour and ruminative poetry of their subject's own, blog-published words, but ghoulishness and undue sentimentality are kept at bay.
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Time Out New York

Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon’s doc walks the line between a deathwatch film and an uplifting one, rather than simply rubbing the viewer’s nose in the horror of mortality.
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71 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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