Things to Come (2016 film)

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Things to Come
Film poster
Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve
Produced by Charles Gillibert
Written by Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring Isabelle Huppert
Cinematography Denis Lenoir
Edited by Marion Monnier
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release date
  • 13 February 2016 (2016-02-13) (Berlin)[1]
  • 6 April 2016 (2016-04-06) (France)
Running time
102 minutes[2]
  • France
  • Germany
Language French
Budget $3.2 million[3]
Box office $5.5 million[4]

Things to Come (French: L'Avenir) is a 2016 French-German drama film written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve.[5][6] It stars Isabelle Huppert as middle-aged philosophy professor Nathalie Chazeaux, whose life is going through a series of separations.

Things to Come received critical acclaim and was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[7][8] At Berlin, Hansen-Løve won the Silver Bear for Best Director.[9] Huppert won several nominations and awards for her performance in the film, including the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, and the London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actress of the Year.


  • Isabelle Huppert as Nathalie Chazeaux
  • André Marcon as Heinz
  • Roman Kolinka as Fabien
  • Édith Scob as Yvette Lavastre
  • Sarah Le Picard as Chloé
  • Solal Forte as Johann
  • Élise Lhomeau as Elsa
  • Lionel Dray as Hugo
  • Grégoire Montana-Haroche as Simon
  • Lina Benzerti as Antonia


Hansen-Løve stated that she wrote the role of Nathalie with Isabelle Huppert in mind.[10] She also admitted that the character of Nathalie was loosely based on her own mother who was a philosophy professor and separated from her husband later in life.[11] Principal photography began on 22 June 2015 in Paris.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Things to Come received critical acclaim. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 100% "Certified Fresh" rating, based on 130 reviews, with an average score of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "A union to cherish between a writer-director and star working at peak power, Things to Come offers quietly profound observations on life, love, and the irrevocable passage of time."[12] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 88, based on 28 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[13]


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Austin Film Critics Association 28 December 2016 Best Foreign-Language Film Things to Come Nominated [14]
Berlin International Film Festival 21 February 2016 Best Director Mia Hansen-Løve Won [15]
Golden Bear Mia Hansen-Løve Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics 11 December 2016 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert (also for Elle) Won [16]
Best Foreign Film Things to Come Runner-up
Chicago International Film Festival 22 October 2016 Golden Hugo Mia Hansen-Løve Nominated [17]
Dorian Awards 26 January 2017 Foreign Language Film of the Year Things to Come Nominated [18]
Dublin Film Critics' Circle 17 December 2016 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert Nominated [19]
IndieWire Critics Poll 19 December 2016 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert 10th Place [20]
Jerusalem Film Festival 17 July 2016 The Wilf Family Foundation Award - Best International Film Mia Hansen-Løve Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle 22 January 2017 Actress of the Year Isabelle Huppert Won [21]
Foreign Language Film of the Year Things to Come Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 4 December 2016 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert (also for Elle) Won [22]
National Society of Film Critics 7 January 2017 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert (also for Elle) Won [23]
Best Foreign Language Film Things to Come 3rd Place[a]
New York Film Critics Circle 1 December 2016 Best Actress Isabelle Huppert (also for Elle) Won [24]
Prix Louis-Delluc 14 December 2016 Best Film Mia Hansen-Løve Nominated


  1. ^ Tied with Elle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Things to Come". Les Films du Losange. 
  2. ^ "Things to Come (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Isabelle Huppert tourne "L'Avenir" de Mia Hansen-Løve". Challenges. 23 June 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Things to Come (2016) - International Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Things to Come by Mia Hansen-Love for Les Films du Losange". Cineuropa. 6 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Cannes: Les Films du Losange acquires Mia Hansen-Løve's 'Things to Come'". 6 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jan 11, 2016: Berlinale Competition 2016: Another nine films selected". Berlinale. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Keslassy, Elsa. "Berlin: Isabelle Huppert, Mia Hansen-Love Chat About 'Things To Come'". Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  11. ^ O'Connor, Rory. "Mia Hansen-Løve on the Precision of Isabelle Huppert and the Simplicity of 'Things to Come'". Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  13. ^ "Things to Come". Metacritic. 
  14. ^ "Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) Nominations: The Handmaiden Lands Top Mentions, Trevante Rhodes Double Nominated". Awards Watch. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Jan 20, 2016: Berlinale Competition Complete". Berlinale. Archived from the original on 23 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Shanley, Patrick (11 December 2016). "'La La Land' Named Best Picture by Boston Society of Film Critics". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "Chicago International Film Festival Announces Audience Award Winners, Festival Highlights". Shootline Publicity Wire. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  18. ^ Kilday, Gregg (12 January 2017). "'Moonlight' Leads Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics' Dorian Award Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Dublin Film Critics Circle names I, Daniel Blake best of 2016". Irish Times. 17 December 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  20. ^ "2016 IndieWire Critics Poll: Full List of Results". 19 December 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2016. 
  21. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (20 December 2016). "'Moonlight', 'Love & Friendship' Lead London Critics' Circle Nominations". Deadline. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "42nd Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winners". Los Angeles Film Critics Association. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  23. ^ "National Society of Film Critics Begin Announcing Winners". Variety. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2016". New York Film Critics Circle. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 

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