Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants)

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Beautifully filmed and powerfully written, Heal the Living interweaves seemingly disparate narrative threads to present a vibrant portrait of human connection.



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Heal the Living follows three seemingly unrelated stories that carefully weave together: a French teenager and his friends on a surfing road trip that leads to tragedy; a woman in another town who learns that her weak heart is beginning to fail and action must be taken; and two teams of doctors and medical experts who struggle through their day-to-day attempts to save lives. Ultimately, it is an impassioned story of personal connections that philosophically, spiritually and literally plumbs the depths of the human heart.

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Critic Reviews for Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants)

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[Heal the Living] explores the ever-vulnerable body, the social institution of medicine and how individuals stand in relation to each.

Sep 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Visually extraordinary when it needs to be, and with a laser-sharp focus on its characters' quirks, ethical dilemmas and emotional complications, this French film tells the story of a heart transplant.

Jun 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It's a film with emotional force, though less nuance and complexity than Quillévéré's other work.

Apr 26, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

What stays with you is the miracle of how we're all connected in a million different ways.

Apr 25, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This is deeply human filmmaking.

Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In the background, Alexandre Desplat's swoony score piles on the sentiment, but it's all just empty calories; what this movie desperately needs is conflict.

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants)

Gorgeously shot and deeply moving film that is a stunning testament to the medical profession at every level and the quiet beauty of ordinary lives.

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