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.
Nathalie Chazeaux is based on writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve's mother, Laurence Hansen-Løve who is a philosophy professor, and has written a book called Philosophy A to Z. 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 »
Julie is recalling her former passion, unrequited with SaintPreux . She had hope to know true bliss with him and this hope made her happy, Julie can then be happy substituting dream for reality.
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Nathalie's vacation model runs through the entire movie. When many people are old, they may regret it because they have no time or no opportunity to enjoy their time. In fact, giving up is not always a bad thing. In one's live, there are always times when we need to give up. Learning to let it go will make us move forward more easily. Give up those who do not want to take away and throw away the things you do not want to remember. Let yourself believe that there will be a broader existence when you move forward. No matter what form the future happens, our life will always continue. The future is now, and it is the most important thing to live well in every moment now.
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