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Release Date:
31 August 2012 (USA) See more »
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Thomas Schubert ... Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka ... Margit Kogler

Georg Friedrich ... Rudolf Kienast

Gerhard Liebmann ... Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch ... Gerhard Schorn
Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Mona (as Luna Mijovic)
Georg Veitl ... Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott ... Leopold Wesnik
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johann Bednar ... Schlossermeister
Michael Duregger ... Polizist #2
Elena Dörfler ... Roberta Fakler
Lukas Fuchs ... Ikea customer with hat
Magdalena Kronschläger ... Junge Frau
Louis Markovics
Reinhold G. Moritz ... Josef Kallinger
Martin Oberhauser ... Gefängniswärter #3
David Oberkogler ... Polizist #1
Robert Putzinger ... Zugbediensteter
Peter Raffalt ... Richter
Gabriela Schmoll ... Haushaltshilfe
Stephanie Taussig ... Schwiegertochter
Werner Wultsch ... Mann im Jogginganzug

Directed by
Karl Markovics 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Karl Markovics  screenplay

Produced by
Dieter Pochlatko .... producer
Nikolaus Wisiak .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Tucmandl 
Cinematography by
Martin Gschlacht 
Film Editing by
Alarich Lenz 
Casting by
Nicole Schmied 
Costume Design by
Caterina Czepek 
Makeup Department
Monika Fischer-Vorauer .... key makeup artist
Karoline Strobl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Petra Mayer .... unit manager
Gregor Schmalix .... unit manager
Bernhard Schmatz .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anton Maria Aigner .... first assistant director
Rainer Vierlinger .... second assistant director
Art Department
Julia Gmoser .... assistant production designer
Isidor Wimmer .... film designer
Sound Department
Thekla Demelius .... mix assistant
William Franck .... sound
Nils Kirchhoff .... dialogue editor
Stephan Michalik .... boom operator
Philipp Mosser .... sound designer
Ralph Thiekötter .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Petro Domenigg .... still photographer
Cedric Dugueperoux .... electrician
Rainer Fritz .... digital imaging technician
Robert Stopfer .... camera "b" operator and steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexandra Trimmel .... costume trainee
Editorial Department
Reinhard Feichtinger .... digital intermediate editor
Willi Willinger .... colorist
Transportation Department
Christian Raberger .... production driver
Other crew
Loredana Rehekampff .... production coordinator

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Atmen" - Austria (original title)
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94 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated
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The film was selected as Austria's submission to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but it did not make the final shortlist.See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A sublimely done drama, 2 August 2012
Author: murtaza murad from Pakistan

Austria has been hitting aces with films like THE COUNTERFEITERS and REVANCHE and again with BREATHING, the country proves it has got what it takes to be considered amongst quality film making countries.

The film is small and poignant driven by a brave, bold and haunting performance by Thomas Schubert. The boy delves deep into the character and comes up with a nuance and sincerely enriched performance stating that he clearly lived every second of the film and literally felt the character making him able to wear the character over himself like a costume.

The supporting cast was adequate and served their purpose decently.

Karl Markovics is a known actor who inspired me with his acting skills in THE COUNTERFEITERS but here he comes up with an even better film and inspires with his directing and writing skills. The scenes were meticulously crafted, the feelings of the reclusive lead character were so rich that one watching the film can easily feel the mental pain and torture that he goes through.

The scenes i like best were when the Schubert releases the trapped bird, it carefully tells how his character has evolved into someone less brutal and caring person.

The score by Herbert Tucmandl and cinematography by Martin Gschlacht was cool and provided with the accurate mood of the film; dense, low but yet beautiful.

This movie might not be appealing to everyone but the lovers of art-drama films will surely cherish this small gem from Austria.

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