Rent Heal the Living (2016)

3.5 of 5 from 144 ratings
1h 39min
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Synopsis:
Simon (Gabin Verdet) is a young surfer who heads down to the beach one morning to catch some early waves. But on the way home an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-support, Simon's existence is little more than an illusion to his grieving parents. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits an organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life and it's Simon's parents who have to make the most difficult decision any parent can make. Based on a Wellcome Prize winning novel, 'Heal the Living' is a tender cross-section of humanity's intertwining lives and how a selfless decision in the shadow of tragedy can have profound effects on the life of another.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , , , Gabin Verdet, , Titouan Alda, , , , , Amandine Ji, Kévin Mangovo
Directors:
Producers:
Philippe Martin, Justin Taurand, David Thion
Writers:
Maylis De Kerangal, Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand
Aka:
Réparer les vivants
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
France, Drama
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/07/2017
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director Interview
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
03/07/2017
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director Interview
  • Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Heal the Living

Not Quite the Sum of its Parts - Heal the Living review by TE

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08/01/2018

This film is fairly tightly divided into 3 sections. These are interlinked but in the end it feels a bit too much of a formula.

The first section is excellent, the narrative and the cinematography combining to magnificent effect. It is so good, in fact, that the second section comes as something of an unwelcome deflation. A whole new group of characters is introduced and much of the impetus is lost.

By the end of this second section the momentum and the interest has been successfully built up again, but then we are pitched into an over-detailed study of the medical processes that unite the two strands of the story.

Ultimately it is a moving tale with some fine acting and excellent photography, but it could have been better with a less clunky structure.

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