I was just saying in a recent movie review (The Shallows) that if you’ve seen one wave you’ve seen them all. Then comes Simon Baker’s Breath, and this neat film recounts the book by Tim Winton rather well, I’d say.
Our two young heroes of the film, Pikelet and Loonie are very good as best friends who during the mid 70’s in Australia, take up surfing and encounter a mentor, played by Mr. Baker himself, Sando, who is an adventurer unwilling to settle for the life of ‘ordinary people’ as he calls the populace.
Sando lives with his wife, the very attractive but wounded ski jumper, Eva, who at first finds the boys underfoot and wants Sando to ‘grow up’ in that he’s befriended 14 year old boys!
Sando and the boys begin their real friendship with all of them searching for the perfect, and big waves. It’s a passionate thing with Sando and now the boys, who often motor boat out to dangerous sea waters for the best swells. You can see how excited they are to surf, and I believe if you’ve never surfed than you probably don’t know what it is. It’s spiritual, but like religion, you gotta make an effort, it doesn’t just fall into the lap.
The biggest trouble of the film comes with Pikelet who for some reason is ‘afraid’ of the bigger waves. I was a bit upset as well, as Pikelet refuses to enter the water. Loonie, who is a thrill seeker jumps right in. Pikelet's life is more in the movie than Loonie, he stays behind when Sando and Loonie adventure to Indonesia to surf. But that leaves the startled Pikelet upset in tears with Eva.
Well you may guess what’s up next, this fine and very sensitive film handles this part of the film kindly.
8.0 Out Of 10
Simon Baker’s Breath, is a film you should see. Mr. Winton can be rather pleased by his original materials being so well documented by Mr. Baker. Well done!