French screen icon Isabelle Huppert delivers one of the finest performances of her career as a philosophy professor undergoing personal and professional crises in director Mia Hansen-Løve’s superb midlife drama Things to Come (L’avenir).
There’s nothing histrionic about her acting and nor is there anything remotely melodramatic about the plot. Yet as Huppert’s Nathalie faces the challenges thrown up by an unfaithful husband and a backsliding publisher, not to mention the demands of her attention-seeking elderly mother (Edith Scob, veteran star of Georges Franju’s surreal horror classic Eyes Without a Face) and her ambivalent feelings for her handsome protégé (Roman Kolinka), we build up a picture of a complex, truly three-dimensional personality, portrayed by Huppert with a convincing mix of vulnerability and resilience, intellectual rigour and emotional openness.
Certificate 12. Runtime 102 mins. Director Mia Hansen-Løve
Things to Come is available on Blu-ray & DVD from Curzon Artificial Eye.