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Réparer les vivants (2016)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 November 2016 (France)
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A single devastating event intertwines inextricably the lives of an unfortunate teenager, a weary woman with a critical degenerative heart condition and a team of compassionate doctors; all perfect strangers, perfectly interconnected.

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Maylis De Kerangal (novel), Katell Quillévéré (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahar Rahim ... Thomas Rémige
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Marianne
Anne Dorval ... Claire Méjean
Bouli Lanners ... Docteur Pierre Révol
Kool Shen Kool Shen ... Vincent
Monia Chokri ... Jeanne
Alice Taglioni ... Anne Guérande
Karim Leklou ... Virgilio Breva
Finnegan Oldfield ... Maxime
Théo Cholbi ... Sam
Alice de Lencquesaing Alice de Lencquesaing ... Alice Harfang
Gabin Verdet Gabin Verdet ... Simon
Galatéa Bellugi Galatéa Bellugi ... Juliette
Titouan Alda Titouan Alda ... Johan
Andranic Manet Andranic Manet ... Chris
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Early in the morning three surfers draw out to sea to brave the waves. On the road they get an accident. The nineteen-year-old Simon Limbres transported to the hospital in a comatose state, where the doctor finds that his brain is dead. He is kept alive by machines. His parents must quickly make a difficult decision about possible organ donation. Written by Dimitri Dimos

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One moment leads to another, one life leads to the next.

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Drama

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France | Belgium

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French

Release Date:

1 November 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Coração e Alma See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,176, 14 April 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,176, 14 April 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Based on the novel "The Heart" by Maylis de Kerangal. See more »

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Features The Quiet Man (1952) See more »

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Five Years
Music and Lyrics by David Bowie
Performed by David Bowie
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Fantastic and Heart-rending
18 October 2016 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Surgeons at work, a young ocean surfer and a middle-aged woman with a terminal ailment, collide together like erratic waves and shifting currents. The sea serves as a metaphor and transition point in this drama about diverse lives connecting, the nuances of human interaction under trying circumstances and dealing with the unexpected.

Heal the Living includes some fantastic and heart-rending scenes including; a teen racing uphill in the city to greet his love, a police escort in the night for precious medical cargo, a message to an unconscious boy and spending what may be the last moments with someone before they die.

The filmmakers deftly portray the professional nonchalance, human sensitivity (or lack thereof), amazing skillfulness and bewildering medical technology of surgeons and their assistants. The physical operations performed by the surgeons are shown in admirable and excruciating detail. I had to look away more than once. Hospital politics are delved into with doctors bickering over the limits of treating people with compassion. The film is based on Maylis de Kerangal's novel Mend the Living. According to the director at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the author was consulted for the movie, did not always agree with certain scenes, but liked the final result. My only wish is for deeper dialogue and a faster pace at times. Wonderful imagery of surfing and the sea.


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