Take a long, deep breath. Got it? Now see how long you can hold it for – without endangering yourself, of course.

This may seem like an odd way to start an article about a Netflix documentary, but many have stated that they need all the oxygen they can get while watching one of the streaming service’s new releases.

The Deepest Breath was released on Netflix on July 19th, and it was promptly picked up by Friday’s episode of Celebrity Gogglebox, when the famous faces sat down to watch it.

It follows two free divers, Alessia Zecchini and Stephen Keenan, as they work together to break world records in the sport while also striving to stay safe.

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Zecchini, from Italy, holds records in the sport and set a new world record for free diving with two fins in continuous buoyancy in the waters of Moalboal, Philippines, in March.

Keenan, from Iceland, has established a free diving school and served as a safety diver on numerous dives.

Free divers hold their breath while attempting to dive to extraordinary depths without the assistance of diving equipment. They are aided by safety divers, who can assist them with their rise to the surface if they run out of oxygen, just as Keenan does for Zecchini in The Deepest Breath.

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The documentary follows Zecchini as she prepares to dive 184 feet below the Red Sea and via an 85-foot tunnel at the famed Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

Viewers observe Zecchini prepare for the dive by taking deep breaths on the surface, but it’s the moments when she’s not breathing that have viewers screaming for air.

“Watching The Deepest Breath and wow,” one viewer wrote after seeing the film. And I’m having trouble breathing.”

“If you need something to watch on Netflix, check out The Deepest Breath,” said another. It’s fascinating, stressful, and beautiful all at the same time. Just watching it made me feel like I couldn’t breathe.”

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A third person commented, “The Deepest Breath on Netflix is one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.”

“I could feel that there was just an at-oneness that these people had, that they were so relaxed and they were just meant to be there,” filmmaker Laura McGann told Netflix’s Tudum of seeing the sport. It was really nice — but simultaneously so forceful and difficult to believe.”

She also described what the divers experience underwater, stating, “You hear your own heartbeat.” Everything slows down while your body conserves oxygen. That’s what we wanted to represent.”

The Deepest Breath is now available on Netflix.


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