Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) Reviews

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February 4, 2020
The story is everything it's meant to be, a mixture of hope and sadness with no surprises to deter from a story worth telling.
April 26, 2019
The acting and character development are strong, adding greatly to the emotionally power and individuality of the personal stories involved.
December 26, 2018
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.
November 17, 2018
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.
November 3, 2018
Quillévéré imposes an almost genre movie hero status on all the selfless personnel required to enact a heart transplant with the necessary urgency.
August 24, 2018
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.
February 14, 2018
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.
December 29, 2017
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.
December 19, 2017
"Heal the Living" does not break new dramatic ground, but it is an engrossing film - even if its vivid medical moments are not for the faint of heart.
November 14, 2017
The filmmaker achieves at least a few remarkable milestones. [Full review in Spanish]
November 7, 2017
If melodrama as a genre is concerned with the suffering of the heart on a metaphorical level, French director Katell Quillvr's third feature Heal the Living takes the matter in an inventive turn, rather literally.
October 10, 2017
The mood is given to almost procedural realism, but Quillevere's technique is expansive, beginning with an early morning surf that is rendered as an evocative, joyous communion.
October 5, 2017
At times it strains a little too hard, but generally, and especially amongst the performances, there is clarity, precision and taste. I suspect that if you've ever given or received an organ you'll find the film respectful and rewarding.
September 29, 2017
Heal the Living is a French-Belgian drama with the heart in the right place.
September 27, 2017
[Heal the Living] explores the ever-vulnerable body, the social institution of medicine and how individuals stand in relation to each.
August 9, 2017
[Heal the Living] tilts a little too far toward New Age-iness toward the end, but the mix of melancholy and medicine is wonderfully balanced.
August 7, 2017
A mix between hypnotic melodrama and a clinical fantasy that reminds us that the body is more than a deep cavity. [Full review in Spanish]
August 3, 2017
[Heal the Living] is a refreshing hospital drama that manages to shun the genre's trappings of melodrama in favour of a more complex and emotive story.
July 17, 2017
The film is deflated degenerating into a bad advertisement about organ donation that forgets its characters to the detriment of a message as well-intentioned as forced in its execution. [Full review in Spanish]
June 29, 2017
By the end of the film, we've lived in this system, watched it operate, moved through its nooks and crannies. The characters bring it alive, but it's Quillvr's camera that makes us understand what this system means and how it works together.
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