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Thomas Schubert gives a very good performance in this film and is certainly a pleasure to watch even if the character is also rather heartbreaking in his misfortunes. The focus on morgue work is unusual, but as the character says, someone has to do it. The comparison with Fish Tank made on the box strikes me as not being very accurate, beyond the fact that both films stick closely to a young protagonist who has an uncaring mother, and build audience empathy with them. Breathing is the stranger film, certainly, but I did find it a bit too macabre, with quite so many corpses, and also quite such coldness generally shown to Roman. It seems to be a style you find in Austrian cinema, from Haneke's films to Jessica Hausner (Lourdes) to the recent Michael (which I find execrable) - why the unremitting look at such dark subject matter through an unmoving, rather clinical lens? Breathing is, however, one of the least sterile of these films, and consequently more rewarding.