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Things to Come

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I could not find a dedicated thread for Mia Hansen-Løve's Things to Come, which I have been considering for the new Top 100. It did appear on our "Growing Older," with some conversation in that thread. I am about to watch this again for the first time since that list-making experience. How has this aged for other fans? 

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"...the vivid crossing of borders between film and theology may save the film from the banality of cinema and festival business, and it may also save the church from the deep sleep of the habitual and the always known."

(Hans Werner Dannowski)

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I regret I haven't seen this since I first viewed it at TIFF.  Re-reading my review from there, I suspect it would hold up.  Thanks for mentioning it; I'll add to my list of films (4 to go!) to see before submitting my Top 25.  (And selfishly, I've been wanting to check it out anyway, since visiting Chateaubriand's grave in St. Malo on vacation in 2018, just as Huppert's character does at the start of the film.)

By the way, have you seen any of Hansen-Love's other films?  I made a point of seeing her next film (Maya) at TIFF 2018 and was utterly disappointed by its cliches of May-October love (or a creepy August, anyway) with an exotic other.

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa


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