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.


Karl Markovics


Karl Markovics (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thomas Schubert ... Roman Kogler
Karin Lischka Karin Lischka ... Margit Kogler
Georg Friedrich ... Rudolf Kienast
Gerhard Liebmann ... Walter Fakler
Stefan Matousch Stefan Matousch ... Gerhard Schorn
Luna Zimic Mijovic ... Mona (as Luna Mijovic)
Georg Veitl Georg Veitl ... Jürgen Hefor
Klaus Rott Klaus Rott ... Leopold Wesnik
Reinhold G. Moritz Reinhold G. Moritz ... Josef Kallinger
Martin Oberhauser ... Gefängniswärter #3
Magdalena Kronschläger ... Junge Frau
David Oberkogler David Oberkogler ... Polizist #1
Michael Duregger Michael Duregger ... Polizist #2
Peter Raffalt Peter Raffalt ... Richter
Stephanie Taussig Stephanie Taussig ... Schwiegertochter


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.

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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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emotional awakening
22 December 2016 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Karl Markovics's "Atmen" ("Breathing" in English) focuses on a youth's emotional awakening and the issue of morality in our lives. The movie both gives the viewer a glimpse into the youth's life as he gets a job as a mortuary attendant while still in a juvenile detention center, but also how he has to confront the crime that put him juvie. There are also several shots of the environs of Vienna. I thought that the most effective scenes were the train, showing him going to and from the juvenile detention center, and how the advertisement comes into view, or vanishes.

I'd say that this was the right movie for Austria to submit for its nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Addressing matters of incarceration, ethics, and relationships, it hits the right notes.

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Release Date:

31 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breathing See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria


Box Office


EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$949, 2 September 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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