What happens when the life you’ve worked so hard to build falls apart all at once? Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher) 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, Summer Hours).
“Isabelle Huppert’s warm, wry performance powers Mia Hansen-Løve’s intimate, intellectual film.” – Mark Kermode, Guardian
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 (Goodbye First Love) is an uncommonly intelligent, soul-searching look at what it means to create a life of one’s own. (Dir. by Mia Hansen-Løve, 2015, France, in French with English subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated)