Things to Come [Blu-ray]
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What happens when the life you ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) 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, one by one the pillars of Nathalie s life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one s own.
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As Isabelle moves on with her life, not much changes. She has always been independent, she makes her own single life. She must also deal with her elderly mother who seems to have great anxiety issues, and wants Nathalie to be always at hand. Placing her in a home for the elderly is the best she can do for her mother and for herself. I found in this film that a lot goes unsaid. There are undercurrents that we feel, and when one scene moves to the next, there had to be more we were not privy to. But, no mind, the film has an excellent director, and we follow along. There is a surprise, and I will leave that for you to find. This film does not deliver the usual plot that we would deign.
The characters are well sorted, the situations and scenes believable, but at some point I did think, Is this all there is? Isabelle Huppert delivers a low but spectacular, detailed performance.
Recommended. prisrob 05-24-17
When Heinz (Andrew Marcon), her husband of 25 years, announces that he’s leaving her, Nathalie’s life starts to crumble. She and Heinz are both philosophy instructors, and books have been their common bond. Because of their shared passion for the written word, Nathalie took for granted the fact that he would always love her.
Around the same time, her publishers drop her work from their catalogues because she’s not young or hip enough to satisfy their new marketing plan. For the first time in years, she finds herself adrift, but also with a new sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to establish herself and rediscover herself.
Ms. Huppert is excellent as a woman facing a new challenges later in life. Her Nathalie goes from self-confidence to insecurity as she navigates life without her long-time partner. With an expressive face that conveys apprehension and uncertainty with pinpoint precision, Ms. Huppert beautifully presents Nathalie sympathetically. She tends to underplay in a role that less-secure actors might exaggerate. The story is not all that unique, but it’s her performance that holds the viewer and makes Nathalie a flesh-and-blood individual rather than a cliche.
There are no bonus features on the PG-13 rated Blu-ray release. The widescreen film is in French, with available English and Spanish subtitles.