Things To Come – dir Mia Hansen-Løve

Cast: Solal Forte, Isabelle Huppert, Roman Kolinka,André Marcon, Sarah Le Picard and Edith Scob

I loved Eden, so I was really looking forward to this film. Here is Natalie, “a woman of a certain age”, whose life is upended by the people she loves, and the trailer and synopsis speak of a relationship with a young rebellious former student and so naturally I was expecting more intense story of passionate personal rediscovery. My intention here is to spare you the disappointment. Don’t let the trailer be your enticement to see the film, nothing exciting happens here. There is no tension, no passion, no bewilderment. This is not that film. This is a film that plods along, very realistically I suppose, as Natalie adjusts to the bombardment of changes and searches for new meaning in her life.  I know I promised no spoilers but I tell you this because for some this will be the thing that leaves you feeling that the movie missed something.   And besides is telling you that something doesn’t happen a spoiler? Otherwise it is a nice movie, Isabelle is a master of cinema, and Mia is proving herself as one of the formidable female directors of the new generation.


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