When an accident leaves a young man in a coma, doctors must gauge whether his parents are willing to consider a heart transplant, while elsewhere a woman (Anne Dorval) waits to see whether she will be given a new chance of life. This powerfully humane film is about individuals but also about how a compassionate health system works (note: graphic surgical scenes) as well as how our flesh-and-blood make-up ultimately connects us all. A terrific cast including Emmanuelle Seigner, Tahar Rahim and Bouli Lanners contributes to a film that addresses the heart and the brain with equal intelligence.
“The tears are inevitable in Heal the Living, and for once, they feel like they’ve been earned.”
Sam Gray, The Upcoming