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L'avenir (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama | 6 April 2016 (France)
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A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.


Mia Hansen-Løve (as Mia Hansen Love)


Mia Hansen-Løve (screenplay)
8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Nathalie Chazeaux
André Marcon André Marcon ... Heinz
Roman Kolinka ... Fabien
Edith Scob ... Yvette Lavastre
Sarah Le Picard Sarah Le Picard ... Chloé
Solal Forte Solal Forte ... Johann
Elise Lhomeau ... Elsa
Lionel Dray Lionel Dray ... Hugo (as Lionel Dray-Rabotnik)
Grégoire Montana Grégoire Montana ... Simon (élève lycée) (as Grégoire Montana-Haroche)
Lina Benzerti Lina Benzerti ... Antonia
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin Guy-Patrick Sainderichin ... L'éditeur
Yves Heck ... Daniel
Rachel Arditi Rachel Arditi ... Amélie
Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet ... La chef de rayon aux Editions Cartet
Larissa Guist Larissa Guist ... Ruth


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.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug use | See all certifications »

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France | Germany


French | English | German

Release Date:

6 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El porvenir See more »

Filming Locations:

Île-de-France, France See more »


Box Office


$2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,090, 2 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$282,382, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$282,382, 8 January 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene, Nathalie (played by Isabelle Huppert) goes in a theater playing Abbas Kiarostami's _Certified Copy (2010)_. Soon after that, Nathalie is approached by a stranger as if they somehow shared a relationship. Coincidentally in _Certified Copy (2010)_, the relationship between two lead characters takes a similar turn. See more »


Nathalie is shown walking through the mud flats exposed along the beach at low tide. As she walks, she is clearly following footprints. Since the mud was previously underwater, the footprints must be from a previous take of Isabelle Huppert walking along the same path. See more »


Nathalie Chazeaux: I thought you would love me forever.
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Features Certified Copy (2010) See more »


Unchained Melody
Music by Alex North, lyrics by Hy Zaret
Performed by The Fleetwoods
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A beautiful uncut diamond of a movie.
8 September 2016 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

I have to admit I haven't seen any of the other films to have been directed by Mia Hansen-Love but if they are as good as "Things to Come" she will already have made her mark as one of the great directors working today, not that a great deal happens , in the conventional sense of 'cinematic action', in "Things to Come". This is simply a portrait of a woman, (Isabelle Huppert), who has settled into middle-age, neither particularly happy nor particularly unhappy. She is a teacher and writer of philosophy who uses the philosophical treatises she's always lived by to get through her largely uneventful life.

She has a dull, middle-aged husband who also teaches, two grown children and an ageing, ill mother, (Edith Scob from "Eyes Without a Face"), when suddenly her life is thrown into disarray, Nevertheless she copes, mainly due to her friendship with a younger man who was once one of her students, There is a suggestion that they might become romantically involved but it's just a hint in a film full of hints.

This is serious stuff, intellectually rigorous and yet full of humor; a film for intelligent, grown-up audiences who like to take their brains with them when they go to the pictures and Huppert, who is never off the screen, is stunningly good. Every gesture she makes, the way she walks, tells us something about this woman as much as what she says. This is great acting.

Everyone else follows suit. Roman Kolinka as Fabien, the New-Age would-be anarchist she comes to rely on, if only for company, could have been such a cliché but Kolinka brings depth and shadings to the role and makes him likable and interesting. Even Andre Marcon as the dull husband is dull in a way that makes him sympathetic rather than a figure of fun.

By now you might have realized that I loved this film as much as any I've seen this year. Is it a masterpiece? Probably not. In the end it's gossamer thin but it is also a gem, a beautiful uncut diamond of a movie. See it at all costs.

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