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995 Ratings

Things to Come


Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
France, Germany, 2016


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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What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Things to Come

    Thank God for France. Was a time when we had public intellectuals here in 'Merica. Now the anti-intellectuals have taken over. It's absolutely perfect casting with Huppert as a philosophy teacher. There are so many interesting ideas in this film, I'll probably watch it again. Further proof that she is the greatest living actor.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Things to Come

    A film where nothing happens, and everything happens. An unhurried look at the minutiae of gradual changes that come with advancing age - relationships, work, children - while letting its characters spew forth on the purpose of philosophy in the modern age: it's macro vs. micro. Cat metaphors abound (plus ça change), and Huppert is both stoic and vulnerable.

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Things to Come

    I loved watching Isabelle Huppert in this film. I don't think I would have liked it at all without her! Things To Come has more nuance than substance, but I could watch Isabelle stare into space forever. She is up on top of my list of favorite actors of all time, along with Paul Newman, Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Gabin and Lon Chaney. These are the kind of actors who make what might have been a so-so film a great one!

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Things to Come

    In which Mia Hansen-Love, having made one film about young romance and one about middle age, sets her sights on growing old and becoming obsolete. And who better to stare down the obsolescence of old age with an eye-roll and a grin than Isabelle Huppert? It has its worldly moments, but I wonder if Hansen-Love will ever be able to transcend this strain of French cinema. For now, she's one of its better practitioners.

  • jessetaylor's rating of the film Things to Come

    After a 25 year marriage ends, a sixty-something philosophy professor re-learns who she is and what she wants from life in this beautiful coming-of-age film. It depicts a specific avenue in life where youthful radicalism and responsible realism meet - it's a very mature story for a young director, but the understanding of this character and her journey is handled with such care that it becomes a thing to behold.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Things to Come

    Congrats to Mia Hansen-Løve for giving Isabelle Huppert the exquisite role of an incredibly smart, strong and confident middle-aged philosophy teacher/wife/mother/daughter who owns a black cat and actually acts like a real fierce woman and not an weird video-games business lady. I thought tangible emotions were a little forgotten in all the music of "Eden", but here they're on full display... in an understated way.

  • LauraPalmer's rating of the film Things to Come

    The one and only Isabelle Huppert has made me love this film. I'm sure it wouldn't have been the same without her.

  • Jason's rating of the film Things to Come

    A near-masterpiece that rarely puts a foot wrong, determined that there still ought to be a popular adult cinema that matters. In a sense it is simply an illustration of a non-codependent way of being a woman in the world, and our movie houses aren't exactly teeming w/ such demonstrations. It is about a way of being. It is also itself a way of being, exhibiting this most stridently in the masterful way it is cut.

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