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The Deepest Breath

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Extreme sport doc about global free divers; language, peril.

Movie PG 2023 110 minutes
The Deepest Breath movie poster: A freediver is descending downward into the blue ocean while while holding onto a rope and being surrounded by dark-colored marine debris, wearing dark-colored diving attire, and red and white lettering of the film's title The Deepest Breath, the release date of July 19, and the name of the distributor Netflix are also on display

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Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

A story well told

Excellent documentary. It was suspenseful and educational. Sports where oxygen is purposely challenged are fascinating (free diving, Mt Everest…). Some disturbing footage of divers blacking out (I closed my eyes), that’s why I said 12+ (grade 7).

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Irish filmmaker Laura McGann shares a profound perspective on the competitive global world of free diving. In the documentary The Deepest Breath, an Italian girl named Alessia Zecchini sets out to become the world's best free diver. "I'd do anything," she declares, "to make my dream come true." With plenty of practice and help from her dad, Zecchini is determined to make it all happen.

As an adult, Zecchini seeks professional instructions in free diving from Irish safety coach Stephen Keenan, who was once a kid with a passion for the wilderness, animals, and the sea. It's the latter interest that creates an extraordinary working bond between Keenan and Zecchini. "Their connection was very strong," says Enzo Zecchini, Alessia's dad. Alessia adds that the presence of Keenan "gave me strength" and "made you feel safe in the darkness," where exists an underwater world that may be filled with fierce competition from other free divers and lots of unknown depths within the sea. This film delivers to its viewers an educational and informative glance at the joys and startling risks involved in this oftentimes dangerous sport.

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