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Things to Come
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve • 2016 • France, Germany
Starring Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka
What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (a radiant Isabelle Huppert) is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family (including frequent visits to her drama-queen mother, played by the legendary Édith Scob). But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, the pillars of Nathalie’s life start to crumble, leaving her adrift but with a newfound sense of liberation. Winner of the best director award at the Berlin Film Festival, Mia Hansen-Løve’s acutely perceptive tale of middle-age upheaval is a deeply intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own.