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“I thought you would love me forever,” says Nathalie to her husband of thirty years, after he suddenly declares that he’s leaving her for a younger woman. It’s likely not the response you’re expecting to hear uttered from Isabelle Huppert, the formidable actress best known for her defiant, icy portrayals in such relentlessly unsentimental films as The Piano Teacher and this year’s Paul Verhoeven come-back Elle. And while she delivers the disappointment matter-of-factly, as...
Things to Come Directed by Mia Hansen-Løve Opens December 2 A perceptive drama about big changes at middle age, the writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve’s deceptively modest fifth feature, Things to Come, follows a philosophy professor as she faces a series of personal and professional upheavals. Over the course of the film, which earlier this year won the 35-year-old Hansen-Løve a best-director prize at Berlin, Nathalie Chazeaux (Isabelle Huppert) suddenly separates from her fellow-philosopher husband of 25 years (André Marcon),...
Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. Off the Rails The documentary Off the Rails tells the fascinating, frustrating story of Darius McCollum, an affable man with Asperger’s syndrome who since his teenage years in the 1980s has been commandeering MTA trains and buses. Darius has been arrested 32 times for his hobby,...
Daughters of the Dust (1991) Directed by Julie Dash Dash took it upon herself to create positive depictions of strong, independent-minded black women that were otherwise lacking in American film. Her first feature-length work became the first film directed by an African-American woman to receive US distribution. Twenty-five years and several Dash films later, Daughters of the Dust became a crucial influence on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade and received a gorgeous 2K restoration (overseen by the...

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