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I Am Breathing (2013)

A documentary follows the last months of Neil Platt, a young father with terminal and debilitating motor neuron disease (MND).

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Neil Platt
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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I AM BREATHING reminds us what it is to be alive - a tale of fun and laughs with a smattering of upset and devastation. Within a year, Neil Platt goes from being a healthy 30-something British bloke with a great sense of humor to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down, thanks to the devastating illness he has inherited - known as ALS, MND, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes. His humor remains, but new wisdom emerges: "It's amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. It's what separates us and defines us as human beings." Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar and communicates his experience and thoughts about life in a blog - and in this film which he was determined to make. The directness of his communication mingles with images of the sensory details of a life well lived, and makes us revalue the ordinary... Written by Anonymous

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Denmark | UK

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English

Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Eu Respiro See more »

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Directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon were friends of Neil Platt in their student days. See more »

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I am Breathing
9 August 2013 | by daxpeaSee all my reviews

I am Breathing is really harrowing documentary that shows the end of Neil Platts life. I wish I could say that it was brilliantly made and was a wonderful watch, because the subject matter is definitely worth it, but the documentary itself gave me motion sickness. While there is definitely love and passion behind this project, the use of shaky home video footage made it slightly unpleasant to watch at times.

It was well paced and their choice of showing clips in a non-linear timeline really worked.

The end of the documentary was emotional but I would of liked to have seen some more interviews with people he was close too discussing what life was like with and without him.

While the subject matter of this documentary is important and it is a much watch for people who don't know a lot about the disease, I feel like it could of been a lot better but it does the job of getting the point across.


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