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Heal the Living aka "Réparer les vivants" [Blu-ray]

 

(Katell Quillévéré , 2016)

 

Coming out in the US on Blu-ray, August 29th, 2017 from Cohen:

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Les Films du Bélier

Video: Artificial Eye Curzons

 

Disc:

Region: 'B' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:43:16.000 

Disc Size: 38,594,549,795 bytes

Feature Size: 31,550,144,448 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.99 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: July 3rd, 2017

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio French 1961 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1961 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio French 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit

 

Subtitles:

English, none

 

Extras:

Interview with director Katell Quillévéré (14:53)
Theatrical trailer (1:45)

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: It all starts at daybreak, three young surfers on the raging seas. A few hours later, on the way home, an accident occurs. Now entirely hooked up to life-sup- port in a hospital in Le Havre, Simon's existence is little more than an illusion. Meanwhile, in Paris, a woman awaits the organ transplant that will give her a new lease on life.

 

 

The Film:

Director Katell Quillévéré (‘Love Like Poison’) follows a human heart through an organ transplant – beginning with the donor, Simon (Gabin Verdet), a dreamy bleached-hair teenage surfer killed in an accident. When the hospital calls his house at the crack of dawn, Simon’s mum (Emmanuelle Seigner) groggily answers the phone, oblivious that her life is about to shatter into a thousand pieces.

Heal the Living’ is one of those films you watch gripped to what’s happening in the spaces between words. At the hospital, the doctor who tells Simon’s parents that their son is brain dead is all kindness and humanity. But when he walks out of the room, leaving them raw with grief, he checks his watch, gets a beeper message – he’s off to the next emergency. That must be what it’s like to deal with life and death every day.

Excerpt from TimeOut located HERE

There are moments of hypnotic beauty, small gestures of comfort documented with an omniscient kindly distance, a dawdling angelic remove. Slowly, steadily, the circumstances of a single life-saving operation are constructed.

Startling and unflinching, this is a film that documents tiny kindnesses amongst the visceral and technical in a way that demonstrates an almost perfect simultaneity of compassion and craft such that it nearly defies description. Strong performances from its cast turn a seemingly slight set of events into something that is gripping.

Katell Quillévéré's direction is assured, equally adept in depictions of twilight surfing expeditions, of tense surgical explorations, in and among alleyways and apartments, theatres musical and operating. She shares writing credits with De Kerangal and veteran writer (and previous collaborator) Gilles Tuarand.

Excerpt from EyeForFilm located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Heal the Living is a marvelous film. It was such a pleasure to see it on Blu-ray from Artificial Eye.  This is dual-layered with a max'ed out bitrate. The 1080P supports solid contrast exhibiting rich colors and depth in the 2.39:1 frame. The film is bright and crisp. The BD is, predictably, pristinely clean showcasing some hi-def detail and there are really no flaws with the rendering of this 2016 film. This Blu-ray probably looks exactly like the theatrical version of the film. It seems devoid of imperfections of any kind.

 

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Audio :

Artificial Eye include the choice of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround or a linear PCM stereo track - both 16-bit and both in the original French language. The film has a few separations which come through moderately well in the DTS track. The inspirational score is by Alexandre Desplat (Unbroken, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech) and adds a strong dimension to the viewing experience without overplaying itself with excessive melodrama. Nothing but positives here for the audio transfer as well. There are optional English subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'B'-locked.

 

Extras :

Supplements consist of a 1/4 hour interview with director Katell Quillévéré about the production (in French with English subtitles) and a theatrical trailer.

 

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Heal the Living is fabulous viewing experience. The stories intertwine seamlessly and there is a strong sense of realism - especially with the medical aspects. It's a beautifully realized film.  The Artificial Eye Blu-ray provides an excellent a/v presentation. This is easy to put in the 'must-own' and 'don't hesitate' category - I was highly impressed. 

Gary Tooze

July 10th, 2017

Coming out in the US on Blu-ray, August 29th, 2017 from Cohen:


 

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