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PG-13 | | Drama | 6 April 2016 (France)
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A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her.

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André Marcon ...
Heinz
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Fabien
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Yvette Lavastre
Sarah Le Picard ...
Chloé
Solal Forte ...
Elise Lhomeau ...
Elsa
Lionel Dray ...
Hugo (as Lionel Dray-Rabotnik)
Grégoire Montana ...
Simon (élève lycée) (as Grégoire Montana-Haroche)
Lina Benzerti ...
Antonia
Guy-Patrick Sainderichin ...
L'éditeur
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Daniel
Rachel Arditi ...
Amélie
Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet ...
La chef de rayon aux Editions Cartet
Larissa Guist ...
Ruth
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Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$2,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$33,090 (USA) (2 December 2016)

Gross:

$282,382 (USA) (6 January 2017)
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In a scene, Nathalie (played by Isabelle Huppert) goes in a theater playing Abbas Kiarostami's _Certified Copy (2010)_. Soon after that, Nathalie is approached by a stranger as if they somehow shared a relationship. Coincidentally in _Certified Copy (2010)_, the relationship between two lead characters takes a similar turn. See more »

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Nathalie is shown walking through the mud flats exposed along the beach at low tide. As she walks, she is clearly following footprints. Since the mud was previously underwater, the footprints must be from a previous take of Isabelle Huppert walking along the same path. See more »

Quotes

Nathalie Chazeaux: I thought you would love me forever.
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Features Certified Copy (2010) See more »

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Deep Peace
Written by Donovan (uncredited), MacLeod (uncredited) and Walton (uncredited)
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Life goes on
2 February 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Until this movie I never quite got the hype for Mia Hansen-Løve. Her slice-of-life, semi- autobiographical movies seemed forgettable to me. Maybe Hansen-Løve is growing as an artist, or maybe it's just Huppert. Whatever it is, Things to Come, is a movie that's stuck in my mind, a beautiful portrait of a woman whose life is upended just as she is entering the final third of her life.

The great French actress Isabelle Huppert plays Nathalie (based on Hansen-Løve's own mother). A successful philosophy professor with two grown children, a fellow philosopher for a husband, and an ailing mother, she is comfortably settled in her life. But as the movie continues on we watch as the things that Nathalie considered so much a part of her, change, dissolve, disintegrate.

I'll admit it, I was actually initially reluctant to watch the movie because the idea of seeing a woman having everything taken away from her seemed almost too sad to bear. And yet Things to Come is a surprisingly joyful movie. Nathalie isn't an automaton, she cries as the things she once counted on as part of her life are no more, but at the same time she picks herself up, dusts herself off and goes on.


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