ⓘ Things to Come (2016 film)


ⓘ Things to Come (2016 film)

Things to Come is a 2016 French-German drama film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Love. It stars Isabelle Huppert as middle-aged philosophy professor Nathalie Chazeaux, whose life is going through a series of separations.

Things to Come received critical acclaim and was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. At Berlin, Hansen-Love won the Silver Bear for Best Director. Huppert won several nominations and awards for her performance in the film, including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year.


1. Plot

Nathalie teaches philosophy in a Parisian high school, but for her it is not just a job, it is a way of living and thinking. With a past permeated with youthful idealism, it now aims to teach students how to think with their own head, subjecting them to philosophical texts that stimulate confrontation and discussion. Her life flows between her husband, her two children, an ex-model mother who needs constant attention and her dedication to philosophical thought. But suddenly everything changes: the husband leaves her, her mother dies and Nathalie finds herself in control of an unexpected and unusual freedom.


2. Cast

  • Edith Scob as Yvette Lavastre
  • Solal Forte as Johann
  • Sarah Le Picard as Chloe
  • Roman Kolinka as Fabien
  • Lina Benzerti as Antonia
  • Lionel Dray as Hugo
  • Isabelle Huppert as Nathalie Chazeaux
  • Andre Marcon as Heinz
  • Elise Lhomeau as Elsa
  • Gregoire Montana-Haroche as Simon

3. Production

Hansen-Love stated that she wrote the role of Nathalie with Isabelle Huppert in mind. She also admitted that the character of Nathalie was loosely based on her own mother, who was a philosophy professor and separated from her husband later in life. Principal photography began on 22 June 2015 in Paris.