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Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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)

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (8)

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.

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

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

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

April 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.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Unusual in its story, unexpected in its structure, made with an unerring instinct for emotional connection, "Heal the Living" wallops us without ever overplaying its hand.

April 13, 2017 | Full Review…

At once sorrowful and optimistic, Heal the Living captures the terrifying fragility of life, even as it also recognizes the strength derived from the many connections - organic, emotional, and associative - that bind and define us.

April 12, 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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