Things to come

Things to come

DVD - 2016 | French
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Nathalie is a philosophy teacher with a seemingly settled existence, juggling a rich life of the mind with the day-to-day demands of career and family. But beginning with the bombshell revelation that her husband of twenty-five years is leaving her, one by one the pillars of Nathalie's life start to crumble. For the first time in ages, she finds herself adrift, but also with a newfound sense of liberation. With nothing to hold her back, Nathalie sets out to rediscover herself.
Publisher: France : CG Cinéma/Arte France Cinéma/DetailFilm/Rhone-Alples Cinéma, ©2016.
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm
DVD video, 4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, 5.1 surround, Dolby digital, rda
anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1), rda
DVD-video, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Avenir [dvd]


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Apr 23, 2018

Couldn’t get into this.

Mar 20, 2018

The story of mid-life crisis as experienced by an intellectual, who happens to be woman, as she manages her daily life while dealing with negative, life-changing events around her. The plot is told in a narrative fashion with no fanfare. It is a decent watch, and a good watch if you have been through similar experience personally. In French with subtitles.

Jan 13, 2018

Huppert is a good actor, but there was nothing very interesting in this film about the bubble of middle-class life in Paris.

Oct 05, 2017

Nothing unusual of the break up of an academic couple in middle life. The story is spiced with young radical philosophers.

Sep 07, 2017

Too dry for my taste.

Jul 23, 2017

Not quite the trying life of a “sandwich generation” as represented by an all-around good and accomplished woman, but close. The acting was super and the changes that occurred within her life cycle thus far were stark and relentless. A dense case study for social scientists and things to ponder for viewers. (The nearly forgotten Woody Guthrie song was a pleasant surprise, see "Quotes.")

Jul 10, 2017

A French version of "An Unmarried Woman"? One of the best films I've seen this year! Isabelle Huppert at her best!

Jun 12, 2017

Another note-perfect portrayal from Huppert. Unlike U.S. actors who rely on prosthesis, make-up, weight gain/loss, etc., Huppert looks more or less like her usual self since her début, The Lacemaker; she looks her age (60+) under harsh light, yet keeping her trim figure, humour and passion for acting. For fans of Elle, this is a must-see for comparison's sake: besides some common details (drama queen mom, a cat, and that Huppert became a grandma), there's a sympathy here between Huppert and director Mia Hansen-Love that's undeniable, compared to her cat n' mouse game with Verhoeven in Elle.

Jun 07, 2017

AN UNMITTIGAGED BORE overloaded with gobs of unenlightened philosophy.

May 31, 2017

I enjoyed this wonderful exposition of philosophical questions on life, an unfolding story following various experiences and responses across different age groups. Thoughtful, engaging, and asking for a second viewing.


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Jul 23, 2017

by French Mathematician Blaise Pascal?
"I look on all sides, and see only darkness everywhere.
"Nature presents to me, nothing but doubt and concern.
"If I saw nothing there which revealed a Divinity,
"I would come to a negative conclusion.
"If I saw everywhere the signs of a Creator,
"I would remain peacefully in faith.
"But, seeing too much to deny and too little to be sure,
"I am in a state to be pitied.
"I have 100 times wished that if a God maintains nature,
"it should testify to Him unequivocally.
"If the signs Nature gives are deceptive,
"He should suppress them fully.
"Nature should say everything or nothing
"so I see which cause to follow.
"But in my present state,
"ignorant of what I am or of what I must do,
"I know neither my condition nor my duty
"My heart inclines to know where
is the true good in order to follow it.
"Nothing would be too dear to me for eternity. "

Jul 23, 2017

The mother:
She was raised by her grandmother. As a child she was very frail, always sick. Her mother died young. Her father was a thug. She barely knew him. My mother spent her life suffering from having felt abandoned. She didn't go to school. It was her biggest regret. She pushed me to go to university and become a teacher. She was proud her daughter taught philosophy.
- What did she do? What was her passion? Did she work?
She was a model. She was very pretty. After that, a medical rep. She married 3 times. My father was her second husband. They divorced after two years.
- Why divorce?
He was unfaithful. She loved him to the end. For her, he was the only one.
- Are you an only child?
Yes, yes, uh-huh.

Jul 23, 2017

I dislike how it confuses radicalism and terrorism.
-You're in school and speak of retirement!
- Your talk of '68 is nonsense!
- You're selfish!
- Us, selfish! This isn't for us, but for our parents, for workers. For people that work hard all their lives! For our futures. And you're not concerned?
- I'm not here to talk politics, but to teach.
- Collaborationist!
- You don't mind working until you're 67?
- I love my job. I'm in no rush.
- Teachers have no lives.
- What about people who slave away?
- Meaning people like you?
"If there were a nation of Gods, it would govern itself democratically. A government so perfect... is not suited to men. "

Jul 23, 2017

To think... my kids are gone, my husband left me, my mom died. I've found my freedom. Total freedom. I've never experienced it. It's extraordinary.
Song in middle of film: "My Daddy Flies That Ship In The Sky" by Woody Guthrie (Repeat: My Daddy flies that ship in the sky"
Well, a curly-headed girl with a bright shining smile
Heard the roar of a plane as it sailed through the sky
To her playmates she said, with a bright twinkling eye
My Daddy flies that ship in the sky

My Daddy flies that ship in the sky
My Daddy flies that ship in the sky
My Mama's not afraid and neither am I
'Cause my Daddy flies that ship in the sky

Then a button-nosed kid, as he kicked up his heels
He said, My Daddy works in the iron and the steel
My Dad builds the planes and they fly through the sky
And that's what keeps your daddy up there so high ...

Jul 23, 2017

I didn't know Žižek was among your references. Isn't he fishy?
-I have lots of books. I don't agree with all of them.
And the Unabomber wrote a book? I hope you place more value on human life.
-I want action to be compactible with thought. It isn't what you teach.
Why do you say that? I always insisted on making actions and thoughts compatible. I try to practice it myself.
- Yeah, okay. But only in the private sphere.
How so?
-You don't let everyday behavior betray your values. You don't envisage a thought system requiring a change in your lifestyle.
-You think demonstrations and petitions make you a committed intellectual. Clear conscience, same lifestyle.
You mean my bourgeois lifestyle?
-Why not outgrow these schemers? I think they're sterile. Because it suits you.
Revolution is not my goal. It's true. Mine is more humble. To help kids think for themselves. We may disagree but I thought I taught you that.

Jul 23, 2017

"So long as we desire, we can do without happiness. We expect to achieve it. If happiness fails to come, hope persist, and illusion's charm lasts as long as the passion causing it. Thus, this condition suffices to itself, and the anxiety it inflicts is a pleasure which supplants reality, perhaps bettering it. Woe to him who has nothing to desire! He loses everything he owns. We enjoy less what we obtain than what we desire, and are happy only before becoming so. Julie is recalling her former passion, unrequited, with Saint-Preux. She had hoped to know true bliss with him, and this hope made her happy. Julie could then be happy substituting dream for reality. (Continue to next quote.)"

Jul 23, 2017

(Continue from previous quote)
"That state sufficed unto itself. " This is the power of imagination. It compensates for the absence of the loved one with a pleasure that is purely mental, unreal in a way, yet nevertheless effective. For people with a lot of imagination, like Julie, but, probably Rousseau as well, phantasmagorical satisfaction is a real comfort that supplants, replaces, carnal pleasure."

We teach at university in Grenoble. And there's schoolbooks, internet.
- Is that enough?
For now. It'll be harder if we have a kid. And you? Met anyone? "encountered person"? You're alone? No one in your life?
-No... and now that I'm grandmother...

Jul 23, 2017

The Mysteries of Plato. (Title of a children's book version.) Not too early for philosophy?
- It's never too early!
Deep Peace by Donovan towards the end:
Deep peace of the running wave to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace deep peace
Deep peace of the sleeping stones to you
Deep peace of the wandering wind to you
Deep peace of the flock of stars to you
Deep peace deep peace
Deep peace of the eastern wind to you
Deep peace of the western wind to you
Deep peace of the northern wind to you
Blue wind of the south to you
Pure red of the whirling flame to you
Pure white of the silver moon to you
Pure green of the emerald grass to you
Deep peace deep peace

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