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L'avenir (2016)

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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Also Known As:

El porvenir  »

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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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As Mia Hansen-Løve was basing the film on her mother's life she asked her mother to approve the script before she began filming. The one thing her mother had her change was the name of the cat. In the original script it was called Desdemona, after the cat it was based on, but her mother had her change it to Pandora to respect the cat's privacy. 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 »

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Nathalie Chazeaux: I thought you would love me forever.
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Auf dem Wasser zu Singen
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Baritone and Gerald Moore, Piano
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Grown Up French Drama of one woman's life unravelling
9 December 2016 | by (London,United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Isabelle Huppert plays Nathalie a woman reaching middle age with a long time marriage and two grown up children. She teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris and life is good. She also enjoys her former students who seem to nurture her in return for the nurturing she gave them.

Then her husband announces he is having an affair and is leaving her. With the certitude of familiarity now removed and new possibilities blossoming she has to decide if this is a tragedy or a new beginning and what to make of her life.

Now this is just compelling from start to finish all the performances are brilliant. This is one of those films where you feel you are being a voyeur in many respects – it is that well done. The sub stories too are done with such care that they segue seamlessly into the main narrative – rather like the way things do in real life. Huppert is superb (as she always is) Roman Kolinka as Fabien is rather good to and worthy of a mention as he is sort of ambiguous but in a way so contrived that you question whether he actually is.

Anyway, in French a bit of German and the ever present English this is an understated gem that will bring much reward to any who should seek it out – recommended.


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