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A view on Blu-ray by Gary W. Tooze

Things to Come aka "L'avenir" [Blu-ray]


(Mia Hansen Love, 2016)



And on Blu-ray in Europe:


Available on DVD in the UK:


Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: CG Cinéma

Video: MPI Home Video



Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:41:47.810

Disc Size: 24,592,384,002 bytes

Feature Size: 23,112,403,776 bytes

Video Bitrate: 22.59 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: May 9th, 2017



Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



DTS-HD Master Audio French 3615 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3615 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio French 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit



English (SDH), English, Spanish, none



Trailer (2:06)





Description: 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-Lřve (Eden) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one's own.



The Film:

A fiftysomething leftist philosophy professor (Isabelle Huppert) is propelled into a midlife crisis after being squeezed between caring for her deteriorating mother (Edith Scob) and learning that her husband (André Marcon) wants to end their marriage. The blow of confronting her own mortality is cushioned by her friendship with a younger former student (Roman Kolinka), whose invitation to visit his anarchist commune in the countryside allows her a chance to remember the more radical and less burdened person she once was.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

In her previous two features Hansen-Lřve captured the uncertainty of youth with a deeply sympathetic authenticity, so it’s enlivening to see a character of middle age depicted with the same vitality. Huppert stomps around Paris, marches up and down the beach in Brittany and wanders the Vercors countryside with, by turns, purpose, exasperation and listlessness. In each locale director of photography Denis Lenoir seemingly effortlessly captures Huppert’s embodiment of Nathalie’s self-confidence, his fluid camera tracking her every turn, creating the space for her internal life to become visible. References to Nathalie’s formative years, and to the life she always thought she would have with Heinz, convey the journey she has already taken to become the self-actualised character Huppert so convincingly portrays.

Excerpt from BFI located HERE

Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Things To Come looks pretty solid on Blu-ray from MPI. The image shows bright, colors and decent detail in close-ups. This is on a single-layered disc with supportive contrast and pleasing depth. Really, there are no flaws in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio visuals.  I expect this Blu-ray is an excellent replication of the theatrical appearance.




















Audio :

We get the option of a surround DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3615 kbps or you can opt for the 2.0 channel linear PCM - both in the original French-language. It is almost an entirely dialogue-driven film, some park, ocean and waterfall sounds - but they are minor and the 24-bit tracks easily handle the film's requirements. There is some music (no credited score) but Franz Schubert's Auf dem Wasser zu Singen, plus some nostalgic Woody Guthrie, The Fleetwoods (Unchained Melody) and Donovan. There are optional subtitles on the region 'A' Blu-ray disc.


Extras :

Only a trailer, where an interview with Huppert or a commentary would have been appreciated.



As usual, Isabelle Huppert captures the viewer - with her ability of expressing so much with so little. The camera almost never leaves her and the immersive film is wonderfully directed by Mia Hansen Love. Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed this Blu-ray presentation. Unfortunately, we knock off some points being bare-bones (for such a great movie!) but to see the film in your home theater - this will be pleasing. The film is strongly recommended! 

Gary Tooze

May 3rd, 2017


And on Blu-ray in Europe:


Available on DVD in the UK:


About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.

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