Theme of the Month: Things to Come
Star of the Month: Jean-Louis Trintignant
Bummed as I am that October’s over – few other months allow me to use the word “spooky” as
fervently – I can’t deny that November’s pretty great too: it’s this great time where autumn’s transitioning to winter, where most are positioning themselves to comfortably make it to the end of the year.
For college students like myself, the month is also so notable because it feels like the first part of a series of new beginnings: it’s a period where applications for next year’s opportunities, whether they be for internships or plain old jobs, start bubbling over.
And we cannot, of course, forget about Thanksgiving.
As the days pass, I can’t stop myself from thinking about where my life might be heading next. As I take on more responsibilities, and as I take more chances, the realization that my cushy days of still trying to figure things out just might be giving way to things slightly more substantial in their stature. A scary prospect, sure, but kind of an exciting one too.
Such reminds me of last year’s terrific Mia Hansen-Løve-directed Things to Come, a comedy-drama in which Isabelle Huppert plays a 50-something who loses her marriage and her mother in a span of just a few days. The movie, while poignant, is ultimately about regrouping when things don’t go quite the way you thought they would – and about not letting past disappointments and failures override one’s enthusiasm opportunities waiting ahead. It ruminates on the things to come, and since my mind’s also in that zone, I want to reflect that this month on Peterson Reviews (even though I had a wonderful time exclusively watching horror flicks and thrillers for all of October).
An actor who reminds me of this type of introspection is the French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, who started as a classically handsome boy toy for Brigitte Bardot to play with but seemed to grow increasingly tortured as he aged, his parts becoming more and more substantial. With remembrances of his pained eyes in 1970’s The Conformist coming to mind, he meets the required vulnerability that arrives when one’s life is heading in unpredictable directions.
As an effect, November will likely be a lot more serious than October on the site, though I can’t promise that there won’t still be a couple detours into the genres explored for the last 31 days. I hope you enjoy the movies I’ll be covering this month as much as I have. Happy watching, and happy reading!