Heal the Living (Réparer les vivants) Reviews

September 27, 2017
[Heal the Living] explores the ever-vulnerable body, the social institution of medicine and how individuals stand in relation to each.
June 15, 2017
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.
April 27, 2017
This is a superlative French entry into the organ transplant movie sub-genre (Seven Pounds, 21 Grams, John Q, Dirty Pretty Things). In this case, however, the beauty resides in what the film doesn't do, rather than what it should.
April 26, 2017
It suppresses the cinematic staples of romance and melodrama and does away with dramatic coincidence and contrivance to mine emotion from cold, ritualised reality.
April 26, 2017
It's a film with emotional force, though less nuance and complexity than Quillvr's other work.
April 25, 2017
What stays with you is the miracle of how we're all connected in a million different ways.
April 14, 2017
This is deeply human filmmaking.
April 13, 2017
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
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 12, 2017
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 11, 2017
Precision writing and editing (the latter courtesy of Thomas Marchand), as well as an impressive grasp of the power of mise-en-scene, come together to deliver resonant scenes even if we don't know the characters very well.
Top Critic
September 4, 2016
Katell Quillvr's superb third feature is a wrenching medical drama that blends dazzling formal polish with rawest emotion.