Synopsis

From the celebrated French director Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison, Suzanne) comes Heal the Living, a powerful but delicately crafted ensemble drama on the fragility and fluidity of life. Simon is living the life of a typical teenage boy – surfing, cycling and chatting up girls – until a tragic accident leaves him stretched out on a hospital bed, technically alive, but brain dead. While the news means agony for his family, it brings bittersweet hope for Claire, a woman on the waiting list for a desperately needed heart transplant. With time running out, Simon’s parents are forced to make a painful decision with consequences that will ripple out and touch the lives of people they will never meet. Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s acclaimed novel and featuring a cast of top French actors including Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner and Anne Dorval, Heal the Living is a moving meditation on loss, hope and the infinite ties that connect us. Executed with poise, precision and understated originality, it cements Quillévéré’s place among France’s most exciting young filmmaking talent.

Director

Katell Quillévéré
After studying filmmaking and philosophy in Paris, Katell Quillévéré created in 2004, along with Sébastian Bally, Les Rencontres du Moyen-Métrage de Brive, and organised the first three editions. In 2005 her first short film A bras le Corps was presented at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and nominated for a César in 2007. She was once again present at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2010 for her first feature film, Love Like Poison [Un poison violent], which received the Jean Vigo prize. In 2013, her second feature film Suzanne opened the Cannes International Critics’ Week competition - and later was nominated for five César awards and won the Best Supporting Actress award for Adèle Haenel. Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s best-selling novel, Heal the Living is Katell’s third feature film.

Cast

Tahar Rahim: Thomas Rémige Emmanuelle Seigner: Marianne Anne Dorval: Claire Bouli Lanners: Pierre Révol Kool Shen: Vincent Monia Chokri: Jeanne Alice Taglioni: Anne Guérande Karim Leklou: Virgilio Breva


Crew

Katell Quillévéré: Director / screenwriter Gilles Taurand: Screenwriter Maylis de Kerangal: Based on the novel by Alexandre Desplat: Original music Tom Harari: Director of Photography

Details

Original title: Réparer les vivants Adapted from Maylis de Kerangal's novel 'Mend the Living'

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In cinemas & Curzon Home Cinema from 28 April

Out on DVD, Blu-ray & on demand from 26 June

GENRE: Drama

CERTIFICATE: 12A

DIRECTOR: Katell Quillévéré

CAST:
Tahar Rahim: Thomas Rémige
Emmanuelle Seigner: Marianne
Anne Dorval: Claire
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CREW:
Katell Quillévéré: Director / screenwriter
Gilles Taurand: Screenwriter
Maylis de Kerangal: Based on the novel by
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DURATION: 104 Mins

COUNTRIES: France, Belgium

LANGUAGES: French

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Reviews


  • “Superb... an early high-bar set for French cinema in 2017”

    David Jenkins, Little White Lies


  • “The film’s visual and emotional beats are perfectly in synch”

    Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily


  • “The tears are inevitable in Heal the Living, and for once, they feel like they’ve been earned”

    Sam Gray, The Upcoming


  • “Humane, sublime, graceful, unique”

    CultureWhisper


  • “Blends dazzling formal polish with rawest emotion”

    Guy Lodge, Variety


  • “A uniformly excellent cast... impressive”

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

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