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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] explores the ever-vulnerable body, the social institution of medicine and how individuals stand in relation to each.
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.
It's a film with emotional force, though less nuance and complexity than Quillévéré's other work.
What stays with you is the miracle of how we're all connected in a million different ways.
This is deeply human filmmaking.
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.
There aren't very many films that will provide comfort and contentment in the simple beating of your heart, but Heal the Living certainly does.
It's a wonderful film that balances life and death and it will tug at your heartstrings and stay with you for a very long time.
Quillévéré imposes an almost genre movie hero status on all the selfless personnel required to enact a heart transplant with the necessary urgency.
The procedural tone and detailed surgery shots may not be for everyone, but this is a simple and effective story of love between family, friends and strangers.
Heal the Living assembles an array of sensitive performances, but it takes place on a more metaphysical plane. Its characters often seem to have stepped outside the normal flow of time.
Quillévéré refuses to look away, forcing the viewer to expand their consciousness beyond the limitations of their own circumstances and reconsider the boundaries between life and death.
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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