Katell Quillévéré (Un poison violent, 2010; Suzanne, 2013) directed an unusual cast with Bouli Lanners and Tahar Rahim as the doctors who have to tell the shocked parents of a sporting teenage boy in love about the possibilities of organ donation after he has suddenly died. In the meantime, somewhere else, a very ill woman (Anne Dorval) waits anxiously for a donor heart. 
Réparer les vivants (based on the novel by Maylis de Kerangal and with a soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat) switches between these angles – of the mourning parents, the terminal patient and professional doctors, each with their own secrets – and weaves them into a single dance of death and life. All the parties involved have to take life-or-death decisions under great pressure of time. But instead of lengthy discussions with summaries of arguments, Quillévéré primarily focuses on the emotional consequences, with flashbacks to the dead boy in the prime of life.

International title
Heal the Living
Filmmaker
Katell Quillévéré
Country
France, Belgium
Year
2016
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
French
Producer
Justin Taurand, David Thion, Philippe Martin
Production Company
Les Films du Bélier, Les Films Pelléas
Sales
Films Distribution
Writer
Katell Quillévéré, Gilles Taurand
Cinematography
Tom Harari
Editor
Thomas Marchand
Production Design
Dan Bevan
Music
Alexandre Desplat
Cast
Tahar Rahim, Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, Alice Taglioni