by Toby Woollaston

breatheThere is a sense of the familiar with Breathe, which tells the true story of polio victim Robin Cavendish. But it differs from its ilk with its cheerful attitude towards life—no small feat for a film that deals with disease, paralysis, and death.

Andrew Garfield plays Englishman Robin Cavendish, an amiable chap of the “stiff upper lip” variety, with whom life’s promise has been cruelly snuffed out through contracting polio while working in Africa in the late 50s.

Read the full review for the NZ Herald here.