Things to Come (L'avenir)
Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)

What happens when the life you've worked so hard to build falls apart? In THINGS TO COME, Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert, in "a career-best performance" (Jordan Hoffman, Vanity Fair), portrays Nathalie, a philosophy teacher… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 2, 2016
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2017
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Consensus: A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time.

Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

Visually arresting, but never precious, it's filled with ideas that have relevance to actual life, ideas that are based on a moral conviction that a question well-posed is far more valuable than an easy answer.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This French drama gives Huppert a brilliant, Rousseau-quoting character to play around with, and she saunters through the role, finding fresh moments in every scene.

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Rob Thomas
Madison Movie

Instead of building up to big moments, Hansen-Love seasons her film with perceptive little ones, an approach that perfectly suits Huppert's incisive, luminous performance.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Following her triumph in Elle, French screen legend Isabelle Huppert scores another bullseye with this delicate tale of philosophy professor starting over

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It has slow patches, but it has a cumulative effect, thanks equally to Hansen-Love and Huppert. We come away feeling enriched and expanded, without exactly knowing how or why.

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CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

Like its protagonist, hardly prone to hysteria of any kind.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

OK, now Isabelle Huppert is just showing off.

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Stephanie Zacharek
TIME Magazine

Huppert is extraordinary-she reveals everything even when you think she's showing nothing-and she's the perfect actress, right now, for Hansen-Løve's fine-grained perceptiveness.

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David Stratton
The Australian

During the course of the film, Nathalie undergoes a series of crises and finds herself increasingly alone and alienated. Yet Hansen-Young, who is very good at this sort of thing, is no pessimist, and she concludes her film on a nod to "l'avenir."

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