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What happens when you mix one of France’s most accomplished young directors with one of its most iconic stars? The results are as powerful as you might imagine in the debut trailer for “Things to Come,” written and directed by Mia Hansen-Løve and starring Isabelle Huppert. The movie earned a spot on Indiewire’s 20 Movies That Need to Be Released in 2016 list earlier this year, and hopefully this great trailer, combined with a buzzy debut at the Berlinale, will be enough to land it a domestic distributor.
Huppert plays Nathalie, a well-regarded philosophy teacher with two grown-up children and a seemingly great and happy life. She devotes her time to the books she publishes, to her former students who have now become her friends and to taking care of her over-possessive mother, but her life is shattered when her husband reveals his infidelity and that he is leaving Nathalie for another woman he has fallen in love with.
While the subject matter may not be anything groundbreaking, both Hansen-Løve and Huppert are known for their dramatic sensibilities, and together they should be able to bring quite the human edge to this story of a life falling apart. Both women are coming off of festival darlings from last year — Hansen-Løve’s “Eden” and Huppert’s “Louder Than Bombs” — and we can’t wait to see them unite on the big screen.
“Things to Come” is currently competing for the Golden Bear this week at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. No U.S. release date has been set, though the drama hits French theaters on March 2. Watch the debut trailer above.