Film Adaptation of MEND THE LIVING in cinemas now
Mend the Living, Maylis de Kerangal's Wellcome Book Prize-winning novel, has been adapted for the screen by the celebrated French director Katell Quillévéré, in a delicately crafted ensemble drama that reflects the fragility and fluidity of human life.
Simon is a typical teenage boy until a terrible accident leaves him stretched out on a hospital bed, his heart still beating but his brain damaged beyond repair. While the news means agony for his family, it brings bittersweet hope for Claire, who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. With time running out, Simon’s parents are forced to make a painful decision with consequences that will ripple out and touch the lives of people they will never meet.
Featuring a cast that includes Emmanuelle Seigner and Tahar Rahim, “Heal the Living” is a moving meditation on loss, hope and the infinite ties that connect us, executed with poise, precision and understated originality.
“This truly is cinema to make the heart beat faster”
“It gets you – please picture me thumping my chest as I type this – right here”
“A wonderfully attuned sense of when to dodge the mawkish or the exploitative distinguishes this tale of a heart transplant operation”
The Times ****