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Things To Come Blu-ray Review

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Isabelle Huppert carries the sluggish “Things To Come.”

After living an apparently comfortable enough life with her husband (Heinz), two children, and a teaching job, Nathalie finds her life being turned upside down by a series of change. Her mother’s health continues to spiral downward, her 2 kids have moved out and she is getting a divorce from her husband who is seeing another woman. With this newfound freedom, Nathalie has to figure out what she wants from life now.

“Things To Come” is meant to be a slow paced, realistic, intellectual drama/character study, but writer/director Mia Hansen-Love barely scratches the surface here with Nathalie’s character. For a film that is supposed to be about a middle-aged woman who is essentially starting over, finding herself, and adapting to the changes in her life, we don’t actually see much in the way of her character’s journey on screen. We (the audience) see what happens to her, but we don’t really see the impact the unexpected changes have on her life. Basically, she struggles a bit and visits a friend/former student of hers (a political writer named Fabien) and that’s about it. Everything is so downplayed and underdeveloped here. You’re left wanting more and not in a good way.

On the bright side, despite the script’s limitations, actress Isabelle Huppert brings as much depth to her character as humanely possible here due to her naturalistic and strong performance. She’s easily the best and most engaging part of the entire movie. She’s the only reason TO watch the movie when it comes down to it.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? The natural grain may bug some, but this is a solid transfer all around.

Audio Track: French 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Audio wise, there’s not much going on here aside from dialogue but the 5.1 track certainly has no problem doing the job.

The only extras are IFC Films trailers and a trailer for “Things To Come.”

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August 19, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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