The Healer (2004)





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Faith, family, and devotion are all explored in Polish director Agnieszka Holland's intense family drama. Julie (Miranda Otto) and her twin children, Nick (Ryan Smith) and Nicole (Bianca Crudo), cut short a ski outing due to Nick suddenly taking ill. As they arrive back at home, Julie catches her husband, Henry (William Fichtner), with another woman and promptly moves to end their marriage. Meanwhile, Nick has another spell similar to the first one and doctors discover a tumor in his brain. Further complicating matters is Nick's allergy to the necessary chemotherapy drugs, which prompts Julie to abandon traditional medicine and seek out a Polish healer named Alexei Ormow (Lothaire Bluteau). As the healer begins making progress on the youngster, Alexei and Julie begin to fall in love with each other -- a development that greatly troubles Julie as she struggles to determine how to proceed in the best interests of her family. In 2002, Julie Walking Home (aka The Healer) was selected for inclusion in the Venice Film Festival.
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Ryan Smith
as Nick
Bianca Curdo
as Nicole
Bianca Crudo
as Nicole
Jerzy Nowak
as Mietek
Jan Novak
as Mietek
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Critic Reviews for The Healer

All Critics (1)

a tragic (in both senses of the word) missed opportunity.

August 27, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Healer

Promising film with one of those empty endings...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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The Healer makes noises about faith, redemption, spirituality, and healing, but it ultimately seems to have nothing much to say about them. A tragically missed opportunity.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

I was just mesmerized by this movie for some reason. Really well done and it has a story and a meaning.

Peyre Lumpkin
Peyre Lumpkin

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