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Things to Come

L’ avenir

Panorama | Spotlight on France

The great Isabelle Huppert gives a profoundly moving performance as Nathalie, a philosophy teacher who finds her life unmoored by a wholly unexpected divorce in Mia Hansen-Løve’s (Father of My Children, Goodbye, First Love) terrific exploration of one woman’s complex emotional and intellectual response to late-middle-aged trauma. Not sure whether to embrace the feeling of open-ended possibility that her husband’s departure engenders or curl up into a ball and cry over the profound disruption it causes, Nathalie moves forward with her classes at school, caring for her aging mother (the legendary Edith Scob, at her cranky best), etc. Slowly, organically—and this is where Hansen-Løve’s sensitive direction perfectly combines with Denis Lenoir’s smooth cinematography and Huppert’s bravura performance—Nathalie begins to make herself whole again…

“[Hansen- Løve] excels at taking potentially melodramatic situations and defusing them with careful emotional truths… The film treats [its] destabilizing cluster of crises with extraordinary restraint… Able to slide from irritable to vulnerable within a sentence, Huppert is a sheer delight here, whether flirting with her radical intellectual protégé Fabien in front of her eye-rolling adult children, or shoving her husband’s farewell flowers savagely into the bin. Nathalie… gives the actress a chance to utilize her often-prickly screen persona to fine effect… Stylistically unshowy but with a delicacy of composition that emphasizes experience over drama, Denis Lenoir’s camerawork creates gorgeous Rohmerish moments…”—Kate Stables, Sight & Sound

Best Director, Berlin 16

Director Mia Hansen-Løve
Country of Origin: France/Germany
Year: 2016
Running Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP
Classification:
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard, Solal Forte
Executive Producer: Charles Gillibert
Screenwriter: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cinematographer: Denis Lenoir
Editor: Marion Monnier
Production Design: Anna Falguères
Production Company: CG Cinema / Detail Film / Arte France Cinéma / Rhöne-Alpes Cinéma
Print Source: Films We Like

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