Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive
By Sabrina McFarland,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dreams surface for underwater diver; peril, injuries.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids may be inspired to pursue ocean careers as divers, as well as related occupations such as underwater cinematographer and sports health care professionals.
Courage to try to learn about something new. Sibling, family, and friendship support may help inspire goals and aspirations.
Positive Role Models
Images include Johanna Nordblad, a Finnish world-record ice diver (and mom) who can distance-travel under ice with just one breath. Elina Manninen, younger sister of Nordblad and also a mom, supports her sibling's career aspirations. Kasper Nordblad, son of Norblad, supports his mom's activities outside the family's home. Underwater cinematographer Jean-Charles Granjon captures images of Nordblad in the frigid, icy waters.
White men, women, and their families are involved in Finland's ice diving community.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include blood, fire, knives, a broken leg with stitches from a biking injury, people dying or killed in icy water accidents, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Products & Purchases
Images include logos on apparel and diving equipment and computers and smartphones.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive is a Finnish-language documentary with subtitles. Johanna Nordblad holds the record as an ice diver who distance-travels in water under ice while holding her breath. Nordblad soon sets out to establish a new record. References and images include blood, fire, knives, a broken leg from a biking injury, cardiac arrest, people dying or getting killed in icy water, and the COVID-19 pandemic. The film's positive themes include having the courage to try something new, and how sibling, family, and friendship support may help inspire aspirations.
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What's the Story?
In HOLD YOUR BREATH: THE ICE DIVE, Finnish native Johanna Nordblad holds a record as a distance traveler under ice with just one breath. The diver initially engages in this activity as a form of physical and psychological therapy after experiencing a bike accident. Nordblad, however, attempts to break the old record in the sport and trains extensively for the dangerous endeavor. With support from family, particularly younger sister Elina Manninen, who has cherished their bond since childhood and now as adults and moms, Nordblad is determined more than ever to reach a career goal and embrace the hard work that may be needed to attain it.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing frosty about this heartwarming film narrative about ice diver Johanna Nordblad. "When I was little," recalls Nordblad in Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive, "we had a five-meter-deep swimming pool in our town. I used to go to the bottom of that pool and watch the people swimming above me." Elina Manninen shares that her older sister believes girls can do anything that guys could do, such as kayaking or motorbiking. Leading up to an unconventional career path as an adult, Nordblad's plunge into uncharted waters in Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive will likely immerse kids and teens in a meaningful educational experience about the world of achievement and what it takes to get there.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Johanna Nordblad's courage in Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive. How do Nordblad and the cast demonstrate communication and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
How do Elina Manninen and her older sister, Johanna Nordblad, share their teamwork in the sport? Why do you think the pair's sibling bond is so strong?
What do you think about the risks of underwater distance travel while holding one's breath? Would you consider such a career? Why, or why not?
- On DVD or streaming: May 3, 2022
- Cast: Johanna Nordblad, Elina Manninen, Jean-Charles Granjon
- Director: Ian Derry
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts, Brothers and Sisters, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 40 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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