Isabelle Huppert stars in acclaimed writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve’s poignant new feature, a resonant and affecting portrait of a woman who, after living comfortably for many years, must suddenly reinvent her life.

L’Avenir
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Édith Scob, Sarah Le Picard
Duration: 102 mins
Country of Origin: France

MCoarse language and drug use


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Things To Come

★★★★
“The power of Isabelle’s performance is stunning. I found myself haunted by Things To Come, long after I’d seen it, and maybe that’s the best judge of how a film has affected you.”
Margaret Pomeranz, FOXTEL STAGE TO SCREEN

“Perfect! Hansen-Løve and Huppert prove a dream partnership for this gorgeous, heart-cradling drama. Hansen-Løve’s rotating sensibilities as intellectual, humanist and sensualist converge most satisfyingly, and Huppert further stakes her claim as our greatest living actress: this is a major, many-shaded work even by her lofty standards. Could hardly be lovelier.”
Guy Lodge, VARIETY

“Hansen-Løve’s films have been compared to those of Eric Rohmer on previous occasions, but with this bracingly intelligent and satisfying collage of moments from a life, she is beginning to look like his creative heir.”
Wendy Ide, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

“Both deeply intellectual and compassionately playful. Another impressive, emotionally observant work by an auteur who manages to transform everyday stories into a singular vision.”
Jordan Mintzer, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Sensitive, bittersweet, life-affirming, transformative. Signals, most coherently, a young filmmaker’s ascent to true greatness.”
Adam Woodward, LITTLE WHITE LIES

★★★★
“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.”
Patrick Gamble, CINEVUE

“Hansen-Løve’s richest piece to date. Gentle, gracious, and preternaturally wise.. Immmensely beautiful… A warm, funny and profoundly sensitive portrait of letting go and learning to make new memories. She’s one of the best filmmakers on the planet. It’s no small thing to say that Huppert has never been better than she is here, but the latent sense of discovery she brings to the part makes the 63-year-old actress seem like a revelation all over again. It’s an incredibly honest performance in an incredibly honest role. A performance for the ages.”
David Ehlrich, INDIEWIRE

WINNER – 2016 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL – BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS – NEW YORK FILM CRITICS’ CIRCLE
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS – LONDON FILM CRITICS’ CIRCLE
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS – LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS’ CIRCLE
WINNER – BEST ACTRESS – NATIONAL SOCIETY OF FILM CRITICS

After Father Of My Children, Goodbye First Love and Eden, acclaimed writer/director Mia Hansen-Løve’s poignant new feature is a resonant and affecting portrait of a fifty-something woman who, after living comfortably for many years, must suddenly reinvent her life.

Nathalie (2017 Golden Globe-winner Isabelle Huppert) teaches philosophy at a college in Paris. She’s passionate about her work and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking to the next generation. Married with two grownup children, she devotes her spare time to the books she publishes as a sideline, to former students who have become friends and, above all, to her very possessive mother (the great Édith Scob). But one day, Nathalie’s husband Heinz (André Marcon) announces he is leaving her for another woman, the first of a series of events that will upend Nathalie’s world, and leave her to completely reassess her future…

Though Nathalie’s plight is familiar in real life, it is rarely thoughtfully depicted on screen, and this is a role tailor-made for the always compelling Huppert. Revolving around questions of happiness, of having a vocation and the value – or folly – of established ways of living, THINGS TO COME depicts not only one individual’s search for new avenues, it also gets to the heart of what constitutes a successful life.

MORE…
‘It is not difficult’: Isabelle Huppert on the role no American would touch, with The Age’s Stephanie Bunbury.

{video} Isabelle Huppert and Mia Hansen-Love in conversation with Kent Jones, the Director of the New York Film Festival, following the US premiere (14/10/16).

“Isabelle Huppert, Mia Hansen-Love Chat About Things To Come” – Variety.

Isabelle Huppert with FilmComment’s Emma Myers.

“Mia Hansen-Love on the precision of Isabelle Huppert, and the simplicity of Things To Come” – The Film Stage.

“Mia Hansen-Løve On Desire And Pain – Refinery29.

Mia Hansen-Løve with Filmmaker Magazine.

Things To Come