Things to Come / L’avenir

Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Édith Skob
Country: France, Germany
Language: French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2015
Genre: Drama
Rating: M Drug use & offensive language
Duration: 102 min
Festivals: Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Official Competition; San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016; Toronto international Film Festival 2016; Melbourne International Film Festival 2016
Awards: Berlin International Film Festival 2016, Silver Bear for Best Director – Mia Hansen-Løve; New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Circles Awards 2016, Best Actress – Isabelle Huppert

“A bracingly intelligent and satisfying collage of moments from a life.” Screen International


Nathalie teaches philosophy at a college in Paris. Married with two grown-up children, her spare time is devoted to the books she publishes as a sideline, to former students who have become friends, and to her overly possessive mother. Out of nowhere her husband tells her that he is leaving her to live with another woman. Confronted by unexpected and daunting freedom, Nathalie must reinvent her life and reassess her future.

Mia Hansen-Løve’s film is a poignant tale of loss, reinvention, and search for identity, beautifully filmed and compellingly performed. Isabelle Huppert is mesmerising as Nathalie, bringing both a delightful dry humour and stunning emotional depth to the role, which at its inception drew on Mia Hansen-Løve’s mother as inspiration. The uniquely crafted soundtrack reflects the changes Nathalie experiences as she adjusts to her new independence. Things to Come leaves the viewer considering the true nature of “mature life”, and whether fulfilment ultimately rests on external things, or can be found within us. Can opportunity and rebirth come after destruction? The answer Nathalie’s journey gives, is a resounding yes.



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