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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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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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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:

$33,090, 2 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$282,382, 6 January 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$282,382, 8 January 2017
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a scene, Nathalie (played by Isabelle Huppert) goes in a theater playing Abbas Kiarostami's _Certified Copy (2010)_. Soon after that, Nathalie is approached by a stranger as if they somehow shared a relationship. Coincidentally in _Certified Copy (2010)_, the relationship between two lead characters takes a similar turn. See more »

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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 »

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Nathalie Chazeaux: 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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My Daddy Flies a Ship In the Sky
Written by Woody Guthrie
Performed by Woody Guthrie
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Grown Up French Drama of one woman's life unravelling
9 December 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

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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