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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)
9 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Nathalie Chazeaux
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:

Things to Come 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

Shortly before Nathalie goes to watch a movie there is a shot of Constance Rousseau who played the lead role in Mia Hansen-Løve's debut film. Hansen-Løve said she originally intended the shot to be of Félix de Givry who starred in her previous film, but she thought it would be too distracting to include him. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Features Certified Copy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D. 774
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Baritone and Gerald Moore, Piano
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Isabelle Huppert!
19 September 2016 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is the first of the half dozen films Mia Hansen-Love has made that I have seen and I'm impressed. Helped enormously by the powerful and ever convincing central performance of the wonderful Isabelle Huppert, this is a slight but affecting movie. Thoughtful and thought provoking we are introduced to philosophy teacher Huppert who has a deft and loving touch when involved with her pupils and her more conservative and plodding, though not unlikeable, husband. Beautifully shot, the film floats rather than dwells upon the importance or otherwise of philosophy in one's life, the nature of politics and youthful rebellion and with the assuredness of director and lead actress nothing really perturbs even though there are potentially disturbing upsets along the way. There were a couple of instances that made me sit up and were possibly only included to help propel the film forward for in themselves they seemed most unlikely events. There is a stranger who gropes at Huppert in a cinema, follows her wench she changes seats and even onto the street where he kisses her fully against a wall. Does this really happen in Paris? Towards the end both Huppert and husband take it in turns to hold their daughter's new born baby each declaring it looks like them. Surely throughout the world the claim is by the parents that the child looks like the mother and by the mother that it may look like her parents. These two moments seem more vivid and inappropriate because the rest of the film is so placid but possibly their greater significance was lost on me. Very enjoyable little film nonetheless.


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