What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, in a radiant performance) 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, including frequent visits to her drama queen mother (played by the legendary Édith Scob). 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 define this new phase of her life and to rediscover herself. Winner of the Best Director award at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, the new film from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own.
- Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
- Country: France
- Genre: Drama
- Year: 2016
- Run Time: 01:42:00
- imdb Score: 7.2/10 (2,951 votes)
- Language: French | English | German
- Rating: Not Rated
- Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka
Giovanni Marchini Camia - THE FILM STAGE
"Huppert feasts on the turmoil beneath Nathalie's composed surfaces, the emotional force of the philosopher's dialectical intelligence."
Richard Brody - NEW YORKER
"Convincing proof that Mia Hansen-Løve is one of the best filmmakers on the planet. "
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE
"Huppert is extraordinary — she reveals everything even when you think she’s showing nothing — and she’s the perfect actress, right now, for Hansen-Løve’s fine-grained perceptiveness."
Stephanie Zacharek - TIME
"Ms. Hansen-Love surveys the territory with clear eyes, but also with an unmistakable shading of pity and with ideas, in particular about Nathalie’s sexuality and the political compromises of her generation, that seem more like assumptions than insights."
A.O. Scott - THE NEW YORK TIMES
Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2016
Bucharest Int'l Film Festival 2016
Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2016
Valenciennes Film Festival 2016
New Zealand Int'l Film Festival 2016
Buenos Aires Int'l Festival of Independent Cinema 2016
Istanbul Film Festival 2016
Telluride Film Festival 2016
New York Film Festival 2016
Chicago Int'l Film Festival 2016
Midnight Sun Film Festival 2016
Taipei Film Festival 2016
Melbourne Int'l Film Festival 2016
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