WIFF | FILMS

HEAL THE LIVING (REPARER LES VIVANTS)

Review

Director:

 Katell Quillévéré

Genre:

Drama

Country:

France/Belgium

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

French 

Runtime:

104 Minutes

Description:

Unintended consequence is the theme of this potent, pulsing drama, which draws seemingly unrelated stories together into a narrative about the moment when tragedy meets hope. Life's precariousness, its chance encounters, and the mysteries revealed by modern science all provide the foundation for Heal the Living. Based on Maylis de Kerangal's Booker-nominated novel Mend the Living, the film begins as a teenager joins his friends on a road trip to a seaside surfing spot. In another town, a woman receives news that her heart condition has become more serious. Elsewhere, medical staff at a regional hospital work through the details of saving lives. These stories are destined to intersect, but not before we are led through a series of scenes in which people are forced to deal with the unexpected.

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