Heal the Living

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France | 2016 | 104 minutes | Katell Quillévéré

Director Katell Quillévéré assembled a gifted ensemble cast for this heart-wrenching, compassionate medical drama connecting three seemingly unrelated stories about the moment when tragedy meets hope. Adapted from Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed 2014 novel.

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Life and death, the two ideas that bracket the very idea of existence, both come mysteriously and unexpectedly. Katell Quillevere's latest film, Heal the Living, tells three stories woven together through an organ transplant: a teenager whose surfing trip ends disastrously, a woman who learns her heart is weakening, and two teams of doctors who struggle daily to save lives. A tragedy for one family means hope for another in this emotional odyssey, which revolves around the concepts of trauma, heartbreak, fate, and of course, life and death. The ocean, shown frequently throughout the film, acts as a visual metaphor for life, and perhaps its ability to be swept away so quickly. The film's tenderness is emboldened by its heartrending score by Alexandre Desplat (The King's Speech, The Imitation Game). Simple piano contrasts beautifully with dramatic crescendos, mirroring the fragility and enormity of what it means to be alive. Heal the Living is a film that acknowledges despair yet chooses optimism and ultimately chooses life and beauty.

Director Biography

After studying filmmaking and philosophy in Paris, Cote d'Ivoire-born Katell Quillevere co-created the highly-regarded "Les Rencontres du Moyen-Metrage de Brive" (also known as the Brive Film Festival) in 2004. Along with co-founder Sebastian Bally, she organized the first three years of the festival, which recently celebrated its 14th edition. In 2005, Katell's first short film, "A bras le corps" was presented at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and was subsequently nominated for a Cesar Award in 2007. Katell was once again present at the 2010 Directors' Fortnight for her first feature film, Love Like Poison, which received the Jean Vigo prize. In 2013, her second feature film, Suzanne, opened the Cannes International Critics' Week competition. It was later nominated for five Cesar Awards and won the Best Supporting Actress prize for Adele Haenel. Based on Maylis de Kerangal's 2014 best-selling novel, Heal the Living is Katell's third feature film, for which she and co-writer Gilles Taurand have received a 2017 Cesar Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

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  • Original Language Title: Réparer les vivants
  • Director: Katell Quillévéré
  • Principal Cast: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni, Karim Leklou, Alice de Lencquesaing, Finnegan Oldfield, Theo Cholbi, Gabin Verdet, Dominique Blanc
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France, Belgium
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Producer: David Thion, Justin Taurand, Philippe Martin
  • Screenplay: Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand
  • Cinematographers: Tom Harari
  • Editors: Thomas Marchand
  • Music: Alexandre Desplat
  • Filmography: Suzanne (2013); Love Like Poison (2010)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
  • International Sales: Films Distribution