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Things to Come(L'avenir)

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France, Germany · 2016
Rated PG-13 · 1h 42m
Director Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Edith Scob, Roman Kolinka
Genre Drama

Nathalie is a passionate teacher of philosophy at a high school in Paris. Married with two children, her life is comfortably divided between family, work, and spending time with her mother. Yet, suddenly, every comfort becomes a challenge. With her once balanced life in utter disarray, Nathalie must forge a new path for herself.

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Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

Cat lovers (and possibly fans of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) will appreciate the role of an ageing black feline as a symbol of the sudden changes in Nathalie’s life. Everyone else should warm to the way that Hansen-Løve distils the chaos of life and the life of the mind into such a warm, thoughtful, surprising drama.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Things to Come may lack the urgency or cool that flecks the writer-director’s previous movies, but this is perhaps her richest piece to date, a warm, funny and profoundly sensitive portrait of letting go and learning to make new memories.


The Film Stage by Giovanni Marchini Camia

While Hansen-Løve certainly deserves credit for writing such a compelling character, it’s difficult to imagine anyone realizing Nathalie as consummately as Huppert, who, even by her exceptionally high standards, pulls off a superlative performance.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Huppert is such a persistently and prolifically rigorous performer that she risks being taken for granted in some of her vehicles, but this is major, many-shaded work even by her lofty standards.


The Guardian by Henry Barnes

Things to Come is a smart, earnest undertaking: an exploration of the insecurity that can hit any of us, at any age, when we start to question the life we’ve built.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

The film’s shrewd sense of humor, its way of underlining the absurdity of life’s foibles, is fully carried by Huppert’s disarming performance, which never panders to easy sentiments but doesn’t shy away from showcasing raw emotion.


CineVue by Patrick Gamble

A fluent, confident and deeply felt work by an astute chronicler of life, Things to Come considers the fragility of ideas when exposed to the eroding force of time in beautifully humane fashion.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Hansen-Løve and Huppert cup a single life in their hands and ponder the mixed blessing of freedom from a philosophical position: the trade-off between self-sufficiency and aloneness that Nathalie finds herself negotiating.


Screen International by Wendy Ide

It’s to the credit of Isabelle Huppert, who excels in the role of philosophy teacher Nathalie, and to the deft handling by Hansen-Løve that the film wears its wealth of ideas so lightly.

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