Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in December

'Jackie,' 'I Am Not Your Negro,' 'La La Land,' '20th Century Women,' 'Paterson,' and more of this month's must-see art-house fare.

Things to Come

Release date: Out now
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka

Writer/director Hansen-Løve takes some real risks in her latest, a character driven, seriocomic drama, because she lets her audience spend so much of its first hour or so wander where the hell it’s going. It’s so slice-of-life as to seem almost inert, but never boring; no film is boring when its frames are filled with Isabelle Huppert, here playing a schoolteacher and writer whose life is messy, but manageable. And then Hansen-Løve ‘s script upends all of that, with a series of quietly devastating yet totally natural developments that cause Huppert’s character to reevaluate herself, and find the satisfaction of solace. It’s a movie that sneaks up on you; you’re not sure what it’s doing until it’s done.