HEAL THE LIVING
RÉPARER LES VIVANTS
FRANCE • DRAMA • 100 MINS • 2015 • MA 15+
Directed by: KATELL QUILLÉVÉRÉ
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners
Katell Quillévéré’s (Suzanne, AF FFF14) superb adaptation of Maylis de Kerangal’s internationally acclaimed novel magnificently interweaves seemingly unrelated stories in a symphony of emotion and elegance.
On one side of France in Le Havre, Simon, a young surfer is put on life support after a serious car accident and his parents are faced with an unthinkable decision. Meanwhile, in Paris, Claire (an outstanding Anne Dorval, Mommy, 2014, Laurence Anyways, AF FFF13) receives the traumatic news that her degenerative heart condition is worsening. Only an organ transplant can save her life. Through the turbulent events of the next 24 hours, we are drawn helplessly into the inner circles of Simon and Claire and witness the painstakingly delicate processes that connect the fates of these two people.
Laden with tension and grace, performances soar with raw emotion from a handpicked cast that also includes Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner. Festival audiences will have their own hearts beating with intensity and anticipation as they experience this critically lauded ode to the fragility of life, love, death and everything in between.
French with English subtitles