Sunday, December 27, 2020

At the Movies: And Breathe Normally (2018)


IMDB describes the film And Breathe Normally, streaming on Netflix, as follows:  "Two women's lives will intersect 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."

Candice Frederick of the New York Times says this about the film:

"The boy’s query — `Why do they have to live in cages?' — lies at the core of this quiet Icelandic film, now streaming on Netflix, in which Lara, a border control officer, learns what it means to be at the mercy of the law after she and her son, Eldar, are evicted and forced to sleep in their car.

At work, where Lara has the power to reject or deny entry for migrants, she declines passage to Adja (Babetida Sadjo), a woman from Guinea who is traveling with her daughter and sister. The decision leads Lara to confront her privilege when she later finds she must accept help from someone she least expects: Adja, now living in a refugee center, who sneaks in Lara and Eldar so that they can have a warm bed."

Hat tip to Jay Krishnan!


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