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
"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