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Isabelle Huppert stars in Things to Come. (Films We Like)
Isabelle Huppert stars in Things to Come. (Films We Like)

REVIEW

Things to Come sensitively explores the potential freedom of middle age Add to ...

  • Directed by Mia Hansen-Love
  • Written by Mia Hansen-Love
  • Starring Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon and Roman Kolinka
  • Classification PG
  • Genre drama
  • Year 2016
  • Country France/Germany
  • Language English

The dedicated Paris high-school teacher Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert), who instructs graduating students in the basics of philosophy, loses her depressive mother, her grumpy husband and her prestigious publishing contract – and yet, finds a certain freedom. In the place of all she is missing, there is always sexual tension but never romance with a much younger protégé (Roman Kolinka).

In the hands of director Mia Hansen-Love and the heart-stopping Huppert, Things to Come (L’Avenir) examines the inevitable losses and possible liberation of late middle age with impressive sensitivity and restraint. There is a certain Gallic pretension here – the major inconvenience of her divorce is that her husband leaves their shared bookshelves in disarray; his appropriation of one specific philosophy text with all her notes really rankles – but the delicacy and intelligence that the film brings to Nathalie’s situation is always admirable.

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