Heal the Living

Réparer les vivants


Thursday, Nov. 9 at 6:40pm
Friday, Nov. 10 at 9:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Based on Maylis de Kerangal’s 2014 international bestselling novel “Réparer les vivants,” “Heal the Living” examines the philosophical and emotional questions that are raised when approaching the realities of organ donation. The film follows three seemingly unrelated stories that carefully weave together: a French teenager and his friends on a surfing road trip that leads to tragedy; a woman in another town who learns that her weak heart is beginning to fail; and two teams of doctors and medical experts who struggle through their day-to-day practice of attempting to save lives. A story about human connectivity and the desire to help others in need, “Heal the Living” is a dazzling contemporary medical drama of the highest order — a film that figuratively, spiritually, and literally plumbs the depths of the human heart. The film features a finely tuned French ensemble cast that includes Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, and Anne Dorval, and a wondrously expressive score by the great Alexandre Desplat. Kenneth Turan of the LA Times writes: “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.”

103 min.

Directed by

Katell Quillévéré

Film Category

International Spotlight Robert French and French-Language Focus Women in Film Spotlight