“We enjoy less what we obtain than we desire, and are happy only before becoming so."
A quote that Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) reads to her students towards the end of the film.
A philosophy teacher soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who reveals he has cheated.
Mia Hansen-Løve adds another impressive film to her list. Things to Come examines life and hardships upon a philosophy teacher, which is most interesting to see because of what an intellectual she is. Isabelle Huppert plays the role calmly and subtly, yet creates a gradual absorbing presence—which leaves you room to interpret every scene and line there is.
What is most appealing about this film is that things get worst and worst for Nathalie but she remains grounded, but not fully. Her emotions are seen between small takes of tears and dialogue that creates a balance of acceptance to what is happening in her life.
In every new sequence we see Nathalie examine philosophy and her own life steadily while going along with what is to come next. Nathalie’s relationships with her students and family help her examine a new take on philosophy, as well as life—possibly subconsciously.
Nathalie grapples with a loss of a publication, a separation from her husband, a death of her ill mother, all while uncovering her feelings slowly and realizing that life is life, essentially. Isabelle Huppert’s acting is beautiful and I am curious about how I would feel if Nathalie was played by a different actress.
To interpret this film and examine its elements of life, death, and relationships, builds a matter of how we view our own.
Things to Come is now streaming on Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon. It is also available to buy on Blu-ray and DVD as of today.