Breathe

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Dark crime tale from India probes extremes of parental love.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Messages of familial love are overshadowed by characters' desperation and willingness to commit crimes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Young Josh deals with his illness with great strength. Before turning killer, Danny works hard to provide for Josh and give him a normal life.

Violence

Brutal police fights and interrogations; prolonged scenes of suffering as Danny deliberately watches his victims slowly achieve brain death. Flashbacks show the handgun incident that leads to the death of Kabir's daughter.

 

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters smoke casually and drink in social situations. Kabir drinks all day long from a flask or directly from a whiskey bottle. He longingly eyes a superior's liquor cabinet during a meeting.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Breathe is an India-set crime story that deals with some pretty heavy topics: terminal illness, the death of a child, alcoholism, guilt, regret, and murder. The acting is solid, but as this is an Indian production, all the dialogue is subtitled, which may not be for everyone. Mature teens who aren't sensitive to the subject matter will find a dark exploration of the lengths a parent will go to to protect a child and the depths they can sink to when they fail. It also brings up interesting points about organ donation, which is something families can discuss with their teens. 

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshoeb March 23, 2018
Teen, 14 years old Written bymanuguhan April 19, 2018

the best of all time

this tv series is the best. the story is about a cop who loses his daughter in a silly manner and a father of a child who is having a rare lung disease which ca... Continue reading

What's the story?

BREATHE focuses on two men and the lengths to which they each go to get what they want. Mumbai cop Kabir is haunted by the death of his daughter and has turned to alcohol to cope, while Danny's a widowed but cheerful high school soccer coach with a young son, Josh, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. When Danny discovers his son has only six months to live and is unlikely to find an organ donor with his rare blood type, he decides to start killing organ donors to move Josh's name up the organ recipient list. As Kabir starts investigating the series of murders committed by Danny, it's only a matter of time until the two men cross paths.

Is it any good?

Well-made, well-acted, and engrossingly told, this series is a fast-paced crime story that manages to devote plenty of time to developing its main characters. The creators of Breathe know they're dealing with heavy subject matter here and treat it with the gravity it deserves, never letting it fall into exploitation or melodrama. While we've seen haunted cops and desperate fathers before, there's a unique quality to these performances that keeps the show from feeling like something we've seen a million times. It's not perfect in every way; some of the flashbacks are a little heavy-handed and a few plot holes may stretch credibility (e.g., how many days of work can Danny miss in order to meticulously stalk his victims and plan their often complex murders?), but the story's so compelling that it earns your willing suspension of disbelief.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about organ donation, which is at the core of Breathe. Do you think people should donate their organs? Why or why not? 

  • Are we supposed to like Danny? Is he a sympathetic character or is he a villain? What would you do if you were in his situation? 

  • How do Danny and Kabir deal with guilt? What are some healthy ways to process complex feelings? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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