FRANCE/ GERMANY – 2016 – 100 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY MIA HANSEN-LØVE
FEATURING: ISABELLE HUPPERT, ANDRÉ MARCON, ROMAN KOLINKA, EDITH SCOB, SARAH LE PICARD, SOLAL FORTE, ELISE LHOMEAU, LIONEL DRAY, GRÉGOIRE MONTANA-HAROCHE, LINA BENZERTI
Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Mia Hansen-Løve’s fifth feature marks a departure from the topic of youth; instead she has chosen to explore the onset of age in a powerful yet also ironic portrait of a woman. The film revolves around questions of happiness, of having a vocation and the value or folly of established ways of living. It depicts not only one individual’s search for new avenues, it also asks if – and to what extent – philosophy can be applied to our everyday life.
NNNN! "Things To Come is an oddly calm film. Hansen-Løve doesn't force the drama, but simply observes, letting the magnificent Huppert find the tension or emotion in the moment as her character, a lifelong intellectual, gradually realizes that life can only be analyzed for so long before you actually have to live it."
- NOW Magazine
3.5 out of 4! "the delicacy and intelligence that the film brings to Natalie’s situation is always admirable"
- Globe and Mail
NNNN! "Isabelle Huppert is magnificent"
"I urge you to see a new Isabelle Huppert film."
- Classical 96.3 Radio
Director Mia Hansen-Love’s search for independence in Things to Come (Interview)
- Globe and Mail
Things to Come sensitively explores the potential freedom of middle age
- Globe and Mail
Life is short as scarcely a year passes in Things to Come, heavy in ‘deathly gloom and dry humour’
- National Post
4 stars! Mia Hansen-Love’s L’avenir leaves things open
- Montreal Gazette
"Things to Come charts its year briskly, never stopping to linger for long on any one moment or event. The days recede and fade and evaporate – as they invariably do."
- Vancouver Province
Mia Hansen-Løve takes philosophical approach in L'avenir (Interview)
- Vancouver Sun
THAT’S LIFE: INTERVIEW WITH THINGS TO COME FILMMAKER MIA HANSEN-LOVE
3.5 Stars! "The amazing Isabelle Huppert received much deserved attention with the rape-revenge sensation Elle, currently in theatres, as Paul Verhoeven’s latest femme fatale. Even more impressive is this considerably quieter film, written and directed by the shrewdly observant Mia Hansen-Løve"
- Toronto Star
"Drop everything and go find out cos this is the real deal and Huppert is the BEST"
- Slim Film Pickings
8 out of 10! "a riveting and uniquely levelheaded portrait of a woman embracing a chance to reboot, with a lifetime of intellectual insights serving as her backbone."
"the film’s real art lies in its ability to present the hard and complex business of surviving life in a disarmingly simple way."
- Sight and Sound
"a striking portrait of the examined life"
- Georgia Straight
"a tale full of life and all that comes with it. It’s a reminder that as much as we would like to fill our days with wine, love, music, and laughing children that the cost of such delights is depression, heartbreak, self-doubt, and sick parents. It’s all part of the deal, and we have very little control over any of it."
- The Matinee
"a touching portrait of middle-aged malaise that deftly avoids any overwrought plotting."
- Toronto Film Scene
"In this way, there is no actress better suited for capturing the tedium and everyday nuisance of endings. Together with Hansen-Løve, Huppert perfectly captures this fact of life with insight and compassion, delicately conjuring images of loneliness and its many, unexpected forms."
- TIFF/ The Review
"There are actors and then there is Isabelle Huppert"
- Classical 963 FM
4.5 stars! "A clever, loving, and philosophically pointed riff on Rohmerian themes, it’s a tale of loves lost, renewed, and regained told with a sharp wit and austere eye."
- The Gate