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And Breathe Normally (2018)And Breathe Normally (2018)

And Breathe Normally (2018)

Drama

7.8

movie

Belgium, Iceland

English, Icelandic

Slice-of-Life, Slow, Thought-provoking

2018

Female director, Isold Uggadottir

Ísold Uggadóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Bragi Arnason

95 min

Synopsis

At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategize to get their lives back on track.

Our Take

7.8
Bilal Zouheir

Iceland is a country of vast lands but limited population – only about 300,000 people can call themselves Icelandic. On the other hand, 8 million people have connecting flights through Iceland every year. 

In this setting of mass movement, a single mother dealing with poverty is offered a chance to turn things around – a job as a border agent. One of her first days, she comes across an asylum seeker on a connecting flight from Guinea Bissau to Canada, trying to cross with a fake passport. 

Their stories don’t only intertwine as border agent and asylum seeker, but as two mothers. And Breathe Normally is about struggling with poverty both in Europe and coming from a place like Guinea Bissau. It’s a beautiful, plot-heavy statement on the importance of solidarity and of seeing the human behind the country of origin or race. 

Comments

L
Littlebigfan

Yes, a poignant look at where we are now. The poor have nothing left to lose, and so they come the the west where they are, at best, merely tolerated. The film celebrates little victories for humanity.

S
shasha

I love it! It’s about gratitude, compassion, overcoming bad days in life. Amazing acting by the (two) actresses.

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