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HEAL THE LIVING

Director: KATELL QUILLÉVÉRÉ

103 mins, France, 2016, Digital, Subtitled


This film was released on Friday 28th  April 2017 and is no longer screening. 

A terrible car accident on the outskirts of Le Havre has left 17-year-old Simon on life-support; his parents Marianne (Emmanuelle Seigner) and Vincent (Kool Shen) are barely able to comprehend the magnitude of their tragedy, let alone the well-meaning entreaties of Doctor Remige (Tahar Rahim) to consider organ donation options as their son’s recovery is impossible.

Meanwhile in Paris, Claire (Anne Dorval) learns her degenerative heart condition is worsening; she manages as best she can with the help of her two sons but her time is limited. The dynamics of what transpires may be familiar, but director Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison, Suzanne) treats the material in such an imaginative and empathetic fashion as to create a wholly involving, emotionally resonant drama during which she permits ample space for reflection and moments of transcendent visual beauty.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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