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The Healer

Miranda Otto , William Fichtner , Agnieszka Holland  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Miranda Otto, William Fichtner, Lothaire Bluteau, Ryan Smith, Bianca Crudo
  • Directors: Agnieszka Holland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Polish, Russian
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNN6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Healer" on IMDb

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When crisis strikes a young boy and his family, his mother, Julie (Miranda Otto), begins a journey across the globe to find one last hope. Despite her husband's lack of faith, she finds the inspiration to challenge everyone around her and seek out a healer who may possess a power beyond science. Academy Award Nominated Director Agnieszka Holland tenderly explores the strength of family bonds while provoking questions about the nature of love and the search for truth in this unforgettable film about dreams and human discovery. William Fichtner and Lothaire Bluteau also star.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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"The Healer" is the Australian television name for an independent film (a joint Canadian-Polish production) that was originally entitled "Julie Walking Home." Knowing both titles for this 2002 film, and the interesting combination of nations the production represents, is key because it really is two different movies thrown together with some degree of success. I checked it out because I wanted to see Miranda Otto in it (big Éowyn fan) and knew absolutely nothing about it (my assumption was that she would be the title character since her face is the only one on the cover, but that proves not to be the case).

After the prologue in which we since the healer first being a healer, "Julie Walking Home" would describe the first act of this film from director Agnieszka Holland ("Washington Square"). Julie Makowsky (Miranda Otto) comes home early from a trip with her eight-year-old twins, Nick (Ryan Smith) and Nicole (Bianca Crudo), and gets an unpleasant surprise from her husband, Henry (Willaim Fichtner). Her response is to take the kids and leave immediately, but they are in the back of the car screaming about daddy running after them and one of the twins gets out. As far as Julie is concerned her marriage is over and I was intrigued by the notion of a pair of twins, who are closer than most twins, torn apart by a divorce. But that is not with this film is about because before the family can break apart one of the twins gets sick.

The doctors say there is no hope and from a most unexpected source Julie hears about Alexei the healer (Lothair Bluteau), a Russian who is laying hands on the sick and dying in Poland. So she packs up her dying child over her husband's objections and heads to Europe.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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The film THE HEALER (a.k.a. "Julie Walking Home") poses the kind of unsettling metaphysical questions that many prefer to avoid asking. At the same time, it suggests some intriguing answers. Like the film THE CRIME OF PADRE AMARO (please see companion review) the movie "The Healer" is a study of the degrees to which human beings can enjoy the gift of human sexuality while simultaneously attempting to serve as channels for spiritual healing, social harmony, and political integrity. That Alexei--played flawlessly by Lothaire Bluteau--is a true and gifted spiritual healer becomes clear from the outset. We witness him as a child in a hospital where doctors discover that standing him on the back of an ailing patient relieves the patient's pain. Moreover, his very presence apparently has a healing impact on every patient in the ward. As an adult, Alexei becomes famous as a healer who shares his gifts freely with the world. But like the proverbial prophet without honor in his own hometown, he has to endure the complaints of an aging mother who points out that not only is his spiritual generosity towards the world doing nothing to alleviate her financial distress but it is perhaps not the best way to prepare for his own latter years.

Much of "The Healer" actually centers around the rift that occurs in the life of the Makowskys, a Canadian family whose happiness is torn asunder when the husband--played with superb complexity by William Fichtner--has an affair, and the young son develops cancer. Is the child's disease a physical manifestation of the family's spiritual dis-ease following the father's adultery? Good question to ponder.

In her desperation to save their son, the mother--exemplary work here by Miranda Otto--seeks out the assistance of the healer Alexei.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unresolved September 2, 2005
By Mr. Ed
Format:DVD
There is some really good acting by all the cast which is why it deserved the two stars. As another reviewer stated, the plot threads are left unresolved and the ending seemed kind of like someone said, "ok, here's the two hour mark. Wrap it up." I did like that they were starting to explore the issue of religious and spiritual beliefs, but they dropped it pretty quickly. How does the healing of her child effect the mother's own spiritual belief system? Dunno. It was like, kid healed, end of story.(not end of movie--I didn't spoil the ending). Mother has affair with healer and then poof, he's gone. Why? Where'd he go? What's he up to now? How did this affair effect him after he went back to his country? Dunno.

The script needed some healing.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent exploration of emotion December 2, 2004
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While I agree with the comments from the previous reviewer that the plot took a less exciting turn than may have been hoped once Julie (Miranda Otto) returns from Poland after having taken her son to be seen by a healer, the film is nevertheless a powerful exposition of human emotion. Miranda Otto delivers a powerful performance that takes the viewer on a voyage through hope and despair, love and hate, ecstasy and torment. The story is powerful when it is viewed as one that it is about healing, not about curing. Julie is more in need of healing than anyone in the story and only through her experience with Alexi is she able to return to be the woman she was before being injured by the infidelity of her common-law husband and the discovery of her young son's terminal cancer. Julie is deeply wounded and only through the profound experiential healing which she finds in Alexi is she able to achieve the healing which she is both unable and unwilling to uncover in the lives of those around her whom she injures on account of her dis-ease. While it may seem to be central, her son's illness is merely the catalyst that destoys who Julie is that allows her to be remade as a whole person through her healing. The film also unveils some of the beauty of Poland, a nation rarely shown on film. Lastly, the way that faith is handled in the film is also rather profound--it is shown as something which is both powerful and dangerous; something that has amazing potential when tapped and at the same time an incredible destabilizing force. This sense is heightened by the subtle but evocative score in the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miranda otto - Miranda otto - Miranda otto
5 star to Miranda otto the most gifted actress since Shirley knight.
and yet another good role for her talent. she is in her prime here don't miss it.
Published 9 months ago by R. L
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Premise, Magnificent Performances
The story draws in the viewer slowly and craftily, one subplot at a time, like fingers that eventually become the hand that grabs full hold of you. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Meredith Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars The Healer
I just love this movie. I am glad that Americans are finally starting to enjoy the great Miranda Otto as she come from one of the great Australian acting families and that she is... Read more
Published on September 12, 2010 by mariabyrne
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but unresolved
This is an odd, sad story, but I do love it. Miranda Otto and William Fichtner both give wonderful performances. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by Katie Loudermilk
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is What Happens When Cancer and Energy Healing / Reiki Collide...
One last hope is all this family has to save their little boy from the grips of cancer. Can a supposed healer make their dream come true? Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Chris Cade
2.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculous As Presented
The Healer sounds great on the box but trust me, it's a powerful letdown. There are also apparently several versions of it out there under more than one title (Julie Walking Home... Read more
Published on April 2, 2008 by Dai-keag-ity
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, moving but unfinished...don't blink at the end
Please read the other reviews on this if you are considering buying this dvd. Depending on what you want it for it might be unnecessary to buy it since it is being shown on tv... Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Laurie Immekus
1.0 out of 5 stars Papa Bob
I was waiting for the "To Be Continued" sign to come up at the end of this movie. Where did the Healer go to? Read more
Published on January 6, 2008 by Cub Fan
3.0 out of 5 stars STATESIDE is an adventurous romantic drama about a high-school rich...
STATESIDE is an adventurous romantic drama about a high-school rich kid serving in the Marine Corps to avoid jail, and a schizophrenic actress, whose career is crashing. Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by Tonya F. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in Miracles? See this movie and you will
This is an OUTSTANDING DRAMA, If you dont believe in miracles

then you dont want to see this movie., because its truly

alot of miracles by one man. Read more
Published on April 12, 2005 by D. G Turk
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