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 (Isabelle Huppert) is annoyed by an aggressive theater patron while trying to watch the 2010 film Certified Copy at the cinema. That film's costar, English baritone William Shimell, appeared alongside Huppert in Michael Haneke's 2012 film, Amour. Huppert has never acted in a film alongside Certified Copy star Juliette Binoche, but the two have, independently of one another, collaborated with Amour director Haneke several times. See more »
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 »
Grown Up French Drama of one woman's life unravelling
Isabelle Huppert plays Nathalie a woman reaching middle age with a long time marriage and two grown up children. She teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris and life is good. She also enjoys her former students who seem to nurture her in return for the nurturing she gave them.
Then her husband announces he is having an affair and is leaving her. With the certitude of familiarity now removed and new possibilities blossoming she has to decide if this is a tragedy or a new beginning and what to make of her life.
Now this is just compelling from start to finish all the performances are brilliant. This is one of those films where you feel you are being a voyeur in many respects – it is that well done. The sub stories too are done with such care that they segue seamlessly into the main narrative – rather like the way things do in real life. Huppert is superb (as she always is) Roman Kolinka as Fabien is rather good to and worthy of a mention as he is sort of ambiguous but in a way so contrived that you question whether he actually is.
Anyway, in French a bit of German and the ever present English this is an understated gem that will bring much reward to any who should seek it out – recommended.
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