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7.2
/10
1,118 Ratings

Things to Come

L'Avenir

Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Germany, 2016
Drama

Synopsis

Nathalie, a philosophy teacher in Paris, is married with two children. One day, her husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With an newfound freedom suddenly thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent herself and establish a new way of living.

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Things to Come Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
What pattern could there be when life is newly patternless? The energy is not that of a racehorse bursting out of the gates but of a river meandering down a hill, to the sea. And we will be reminded, as The Fleetwoods’s version of ‘Unchained Melody’ plays over the credits, that lonely rivers flow to the sea.
March 16, 2018
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Instead of Verhoeven’s baroque masculinist projections [in Elle], we have the best of Hansen-Løve’s artistry – fine realistic and psychological notations that compose a complex portrait that never ceases to surprise us. In her personal plight… Nathalie is no less unflappable than Michèle, but L’Avenir presents, from the inside out, a facet of the female experience that can be related to, and, without being obvious or shocking, is a clear jewel of a film.
March 17, 2017
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The results may not be instantly flooring like Hansen-Løve’s previous movies were, but that seems to be deliberate. The power of THINGS TO COME exists below its placid surface, much like the heroine’s rock-like resolve is belied by an oh-so-French politesse. (That’s not to say the movie feels dry or boring. Hansen-Løve’s mother was a professor, and you can sense the filmmaker’s very personal connection to the material at every turn.)
January 20, 2017
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