And Breathe Normally

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And Breathe Normally
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Film poster
Directed byÍsold Uggadóttir
Produced bySkúli Malmquist
Written byÍsold Uggadóttir
StarringKristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson
Music byGísli Galdur
CinematographyIta Zbroniec-Zajt
Edited byFrédérique Broos
Release date
  • 23 January 2018 (2018-01-23) (Sundance)
Running time
95 minutes

And Breathe Normally (Icelandic: Andið eðlilega) is a 2018 Icelandic drama film directed by Ísold Uggadóttir. It was screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival[1] where it received the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award.


At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while being trapped by unforeseen circumstances. Between a struggling single Icelandic mother, and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, an intimate bond will form as both fight to get their lives back on track.


  • Kristín Þóra Haraldsdóttir
  • Babetida Sadjo
  • Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson
  • Bragi Árnason
  • Jakob S. Jónsson
  • Sveinn Geirsson
  • Helga Vala Helgadóttir
  • Þorsteinn Bachmann
  • Guðbjörg Thoroddsen
  • Sólveig Guðmundsdóttir
  • Gunnar Jónsson


And Breathe Normally was filmed in Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula in the fall and winter of 2016 over a period of 28 days. Editing took place in Brussels, Belgium where the film was also sound mixed. Color grading was completed at Shoot & Post in Gothenburg, Sweden.


At its Sundance Film Festival premiere in January 2018, critical response was overwhelmingly positive. Screen Daily critic Allan Hunter compared the film to the works of Dardenne brothers and Ken Loach writing: [2] "Deserving of comparisons with the films of the Dardenne brothers or the Ken Loach/Paul Laverty collaborations, And Breathe Normally is all the more impressive for its refusal to inflate drama into melodrama. Circumstances and situations are carefully observed and presented to the viewer without any need to tug at the heartstrings. Uggadottir also secures sympathetic, naturalistic performances from her cast that help to draw the viewer into their lives." Variety critic Alissa Simon described the film as an "impressively acted social-realist drama." Hollywood Reporter reviewer Sheri Linden makes a point of mentioning the director's "sure grasp of naturalistic performance and an eye for character-shaping landscape."[3]

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  1. ^ "Sundance Film Festival Unveils Full 2018 Features Lineup". Variety. 29 November 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ Hunter2018-01-19T21:05:00+00:00, Allan. "'And Breathe Normally': Sundance Review". Screen. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "'And Breathe Normally': Film Review - Sundance 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 January 2019.

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