For her third feature film, Katell Quillévéré adapts Maylis de Kerangal’s novel, Mend the living (Réparer les vivants). She confirms her talent to produce deep and fascinating movies. Heal the living is about the process of organ donnation, death, grief, but also hope and life.
After Love like Poison and Suzanne, Katell Quillévéré is releasing a new drama film today, scored by Alexandre Desplat.
The film begins in innocence as a French teenager, Simon (Gabin Verdet), leaves his girlfriend’s home to join his friends on a road trip to a seaside surfing spot. A few miles away, Claire Méjan (Anne Dorval) finds out that her heart is really in bad condition, her illness becomes serious and she will need a transplantation. Elsewhere, medical staff in a hospital tries to do their work to save lives. All of those stories are destined to intersect… Because Simon is going to have an accident, a crash will send him into coma. One that he will never recover from. His brain death will put his parents, Marianne (Emmanuelle Seigner) and Vincent (Kool Shen) in front of the most terrible choice ever. Simon’s organ can be donated to the hospital and Claire is in need of a new heart.
Katell Quillévéré takes a psychological and ambitious story that she transforms into a deeply moving experience. Heal the living was presented in the Horizons section at the 73th Venice International Film Festival.
Noémie Tissot, IEJ 3F