You'll also be breathless while watching the documentary "The Deepest Breath"

"The Deepest Breath" is a moving and heartwarming documentary that portrays the story of two free divers, world champion Alessia Zecchini from Italy and her coach and safety expert, Stephen Keenan from Ireland.

The story begins by introducing Alessia Zecchini, a determined and talented young woman who started diving at the age of 13 in a pool in Rome, inspired by Natalia Molchanova, the Russian champion who disappeared in the waters of Ibiza in 2015.

Alessia dreamed of pushing her limits and conquering the world, with the support of her father, Enzo, who accompanied her on her journeys and competitions. The diver stood out for her ability to clear her mind and surrender to the silence of the ocean, a mental state that requires focus and relaxation simultaneously.

The film also showcases the charismatic and adventurous personality of Stephen Keenan, an Irishman who left his home in Dublin to seek something greater. Stephen fell in love with free diving at a young age and became one of the world's best safety divers, responsible for ensuring the athletes' safety as they descended into the depths.

Stephen and Alessia met at a championship in Greece and then started training together for the ultimate challenge: breaking the world depth record of 113 meters.

However, what was supposed to be an incredible adventure turns into an unexpected tragedy that shakes the world of free diving.

Directed and written by Laura McGann, "The Deepest Breath" shows how this can be a simple but extremely challenging and dangerous sport. Athletes compete to see who can hold their breath the longest while descending to the ocean floor without the use of breathing equipment or oxygen.

For a dive to be valid, the diver must resurface, remain conscious, keep their head above water, and clearly announce: "I'm okay." In other words, it's such an extreme sport that athletes need to prove they are still alive.

"The Deepest Breath" had its world premiere on January 22, 2023, at the Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews for McGann's direction, Tim Cragg's cinematography, Nainita Desai's music, and the touching script that explores the motivations and emotions of free divers who are passionate about the sea and pushing their limits.

The website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 84% based on 57 reviews, while Metacritic awarded the film a score of 69 out of 100 based on 18 reviews.

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