Things to Come (L’avenir)

Principal cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob
French, German w/ English subtitles

Ascendant French writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden, Goodbye First Love) directs the great Isabelle Huppert in this delicate and affecting tale about a middle-aged professor, embracing the “radical” notion that women’s lives don’t end after 40.

Nathalie (Huppert) is a dedicated and demanding teacher, wife, and mother. She runs her relationships with the same rigour she brings to her study of philosophy. But when Nathalie’s husband announces that he’s leaving her for another woman, the meticulously crafted structures on which her existence is founded begin to crumble. Truly on her own for the first time, except for a less-than-grateful cat, Natalie is daunted by this new world — until she finds an unlikely friend in a former student, the radical young communist

Things to Come is heartbreaking but never sentimental, wry but never ironic. It shows that, even though life may never get any easier, it nevertheless offers ceaseless opportunities for growth.


  • Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Produced by Charles Gillibert
  • Written by Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Starring Isabelle Huppert
  • Cinematography Denis Lenoir
  • Edited by Marion Monnier
  • Release dates: 13 February 2016 (Berlin), 6 April 2016 (France)
  • Running time: 102 minutes
  • Country: France, Germany
  • Language: French

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