Heal the Living

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Heal the Living
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Film poster
Réparer les vivants
Directed by Katell Quillévéré
Produced by David Thion
Justin Taurand
Philippe Martin
Screenplay by Katell Quillévéré
Gilles Taurand
Based on Réparer les vivants (Mend the Living)
by Maylis de Kerangal
Starring Tahar Rahim
Emmanuelle Seigner
Anne Dorval
Bouli Lanners
Kool Shen
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Tom Harari
Edited by Thomas Marchand
Les Films du Bélier
Les Films Pelléas
Distributed by Mars Films (France)
Release date
  • 4 September 2016 (2016-09-04) (Venice)
  • 2 November 2016 (2016-11-02) (France)
Running time
104 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $6.5 million[1]
Box office $2.2 million[2]

Heal the Living (French: Réparer les vivants) is a 2016 French-Belgian drama film. It was directed by Katell Quillévéré, written by Quillévéré and Gilles Taurand, and scored by Alexandre Desplat, and stars Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, and Kool Shen. Based on the novel Réparer les vivants (Mend the Living) by Maylis de Kerangal, Heal the Living interweaves three stories connected to each other via an organ transplant.[3] The film was presented in the Horizons section at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.[4][5]


Critical response[edit]

Heal the Living has a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 54 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10,[6] and an 82/100 on Metacritic based on 12 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[7]

Variety described the film as "sublimely compassionate, heart-crushing".[8] Screendaily said the film is "an emotionally satisfying, cinematically deft look at interwoven fates...which knits together quietly luminous performances".[9]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Adaptation Katell Quillévéré and Gilles Taurand Nominated


  1. ^ "Heal the Living". jpboxoffice.com.
  2. ^ "Heal the Living". Box Office Mojo.
  3. ^ "Heal the Living". TIFF.
  4. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Réparer les vivants". Venezia.
  5. ^ "European films invited to leap across the pond to Toronto". Cineuropa. 12 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Heal the Living". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Heal the Living Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  8. ^ "Film Review: 'Heal the Living'". Variety. 4 September 2016.
  9. ^ "'Heal The Living': Venice Review". Screendaily. 3 September 2016.

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