L’Avenir / Things to Come

Though only thirty-five years old, writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve has
already made five features and established herself as one of contemporary
French cinema’s brightest talents. With the stunningly mature Things to Come,
she remains faithful to her calling as a chronicler of the lives and loves of
today’s educated Parisians, continuing to observe both the milestones in her
characters’ lives and the everyday minutia that make her films so convincing
and familiar. Working with Isabelle Huppert, the first major star cast in one
of her features, Hansen-Løve creates a surprisingly luminous portrait of a
woman facing difficult changes in late middle-age: in the span of a few months,
high school philosophy professor Nathalie (Huppert) is left by her husband of
twenty-five years, buries her mother, and learns that the publishing imprint
she edits is being terminated. Though her future might look bleak, Nathalie
remains committed to her intellectual values and her personal mission to
pass them on to her pupils. Set against a backdrop of student unrest, Things
to Come is both an energizing reminder of the crucial role played by ideas in
French public life and an inspiring view of the fortitude found in the life of the
mind, powerfully channeled through Isabelle Huppert’s intelligence, vitality,
and unexpected flashes of humor.

Mia Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve

Isabelle Huppert
André Marcon
Roman Kolinka
Edith Scob

102 min.
France, 2016
Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

IFC Films / Sundance Selects

$350 – $600