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Things to Come (2016)

L'avenir (original title)
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.

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Mia Hansen-Løve

Writer:

Mia Hansen-Løve (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Nathalie Chazeaux
André Marcon André Marcon ... Heinz
Roman Kolinka ... Fabien
Edith Scob ... Yvette Lavastre (as Édith Scob)
Sarah Le Picard Sarah Le Picard ... Chloé
Solal Forte Solal Forte ... Johann
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
Elise Lhomeau ... Elsa
Lionel Dray Lionel Dray ... Hugo (as Lionel Dray-Rabotnik)
Larissa Guist Larissa Guist ... Ruth
Linus Westheuser Linus Westheuser ... Linus
Clemens Melzer Clemens Melzer ... Clemens
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Germany

Language:

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,936, 4 December 2016

Gross USA:

$388,140

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,638,693
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of director Mia Hansen-Løve's rare early roles as an actress was playing Isabelle Huppert's daughter for one scene in the film Les destinées (2000). When Huppert was cast she had forgotten they had previously worked together nearly 15 years earlier. See more »

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Nathalie tells Fabien about her beach house memories and he consoles her with his hand on her shoulder. After the cut, it is on her lower arm. See more »

Quotes

Nathalie Chazeaux: I thought you would love me forever.
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Deep Peace
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Huppert just keeps getting better
3 December 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. What was once a rarity is now becoming more commonplace … movies made by women about women. This latest from writer/director Mia Hansen-Love (Eden, 2014) features one of the most interesting lead characters from any film this year.

Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy professor, writer, longtime wife to Heinz (Andre Marcon), mother of two grown children, and care-taker to a depressed, slightly-dementia-stricken mother (Edith Scob) who is prone to calling for emergency workers when Nathalie doesn't answer her phone calls. The film offers no murder mystery, alien invasion or other earth-rattling event. Instead it guides us through Nathalie's process in dealing with life things that occur on a daily basis.

The genius of the film, script and character stems from the fact that Nathalie never creates drama where none exists … a rare personality trait these days. Rather than plead for mercy from the universe, she simply plows forward during what would be three personal-world-crumbling events in a lesser movie: her husband cheats and leaves her, her mother dies, and she is fired (or at least forced to move off her method) from the job she loves.

Ms. Huppert delivers yet another stellar performance (see her in this year's Elle) as Nathalie. She is an intellectual and thoughtful woman, but not necessarily the warm and cuddly type. Sure she cares for her family and inspires her students, and rather than lash out at her confessing husband, she only shows frustration when he takes a couple of her beloved books in his move out (or stuffing his flowers in the trash can). Disappointment is more obvious when her prized former-pupil Fabien (Roman Kolinka) is unable to competently debate his radical views with her … choosing instead a condescending, brusque approach designed to shut her down.

Nathalie is more shocked by her publisher's intention to "modernize" her book than by finding "The Unabomber Manifesto" on the shelf at Fabien's commune for intelligent anarchists. The politics of a particular situation has influence on nearly every scene, and Ms. Hansen-Love's script emphasizes the importance of seasoning/experience in handling life … and does a remarkable job contrasting those who have it from those who don't. Few movie soundtracks include both Woody Guthrie and Schubert, but then both fit well when the story avoids a mid-life self-discovery, and instead focuses on the realization of freedom. These are two very different things, and you'd have a difficult time finding a better look than this film offers.


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