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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The script needed some healing.
All the actors are what makes it brilliant: Miranda Otto is radiant and warm in this changing role of wife, mother, lover, Lothair Bluteau as Alexei the healer is translucent in his role of someone who surrenders to something bigger than himself.
Spiritual healing is what makes it moving. Stories about the spiritual world are being covered more and more these days, happily so for those of us who look for them. Miranda's character Julie has no religious beliefs but her favorite song is "Wayfaring Stranger" which is about dying and going "over Jordan," symbolic for Heaven. That was a nice touch in showing her blossoming awareness, which makes me think the original screenplay was better than the movie turned out.
Unfinished? As others here have said, I think the disappointing part was that the movie stopped abruptly, with a tacked on scene of Julie and husband seemingly reunited when just minutes earlier she and Alexei were in love and expecting a baby. I blinked and the movie was over. I think if you know this in advance you could watch the movie with less need for it to make sense and more appreciation for the subject matter.
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Miranda Otto is one of the most underrated actresses of our time. A moving performance, something she has achieved, even in her comedies.Published 10 months ago by sydney
This film has one clear message. Don't mess with your gifts. Don't disrespect powers given to you by whomever you believe in, be it God, or the universe. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Susan M. Brosch
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.
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 morePublished on August 24, 2013 by Meredith Waters
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 morePublished on September 12, 2010 by mariabyrne
This is an odd, sad story, but I do love it. Miranda Otto and William Fichtner both give wonderful performances. Read morePublished on November 3, 2009 by Katie Loudermilk
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 morePublished on September 23, 2008 by Chris Cade
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 morePublished on April 2, 2008 by Dai-keag-ity