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'Breathe' review: Andrew Garfield portrays disability advocate with grace

'Breathe' review: Andrew Garfield portrays disability advocate with grace

"Breathe" is meant, no doubt, as a sincere homage to the late disability advocate Robin Cavendish, who died, after living with polio for 36 years, in 1994.

Commissioned by his son, producer Jonathan Cavendish — who plays a minor role in the film — and directed by Jonathan Cavendish's business partner, actor Andy Serkis, the movie has the tone of a eulogy delivered by a dutiful son: affectionate, complimentary and maudlin. The story by screenwriter William Nicholson ("Everest") jumps from one major episode in Robin's life to another, but with none of those episodes delving into his interior life, "Breathe" remains a superficial tear-jerker.

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