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When the young businessman Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) and Diane Blacker (Claire Foy) get to know each other in England in the 50s, it's love at first sight. The lives of the two of them resemble from now on a great romance, which unhindered heads for a happy end. But before it can be called "and they lived happily ever after", their fairy tale takes a dramatic turn: At the age of just 28, Robin falls seriously ill from an infection and is paralyzed from the neck down. He can't even breathe on his own. The doctors hardly give him a chance of survival, but Diane is not willing to give up her husband. She takes Robin out of the clinic despite all warnings and fights doggedly to give him new courage to live. And in fact they will prove to the world that love can be stronger than any disease…
"As long as I breathe" is the moving directorial debut of Andy Serkis ("The Lord of the Rings", "Planet of the Apes", "Black Panther"), in which he, supported by Jonathan Cavendish, tells the true story of his father Robin. He had contracted polio in his late twenties and seemed doomed to spend the rest of his life in a hospital bed. But with the unshakeable devotion of his wife Diana and his friends, he managed to find new courage to live and to continue his life outside the hospital despite the paralysis. Together with Oxford Professor Teddy Hall, Robin Cavendish then designed a revolutionary wheelchair that made a better life possible not only for him, but later for many others as well.
Jonathan Cavendish absolutely wanted this story told. In the writer and dramaturge William Nicholson he found a suitable screenwriter, whose script Andy Serkis filmed as his first director. The story is inspiring and moving - but does this also apply to the film? That depends entirely on whether one can make friends with the dramaturgical accentuation. If you want to get the whole thing told from a more factual, medical and biographical point of view, you might be disappointed by the film. The focus here is clearly on the love story of Robin and Diane. And that's a bit cheesy at times.
On the other hand: if you have a rather romantic streak, this film will move you a lot. Not only is it beautifully filmed and filled with many emotional moments, but it is also really well played. And this leads to the fact that Robin's fate and the strength he draws from Diane's love go extremely to one's heart. In this case, you should be prepared for some tears to flow - straight to the end.
carried by a really wonderful ensemble, convincingly led by Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy, the film makes many a small weakness in the production quickly forgotten. Andy Serkis is without a doubt still a better actor than a director, but he also shows some potential, that he can deliver great things in this profession in the foreseeable future. If you like big, powerful emotional cinema and don't mind some kitsch, you can warmly recommend "As long as I breathe". Worth seeing
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