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347 Ratings

Le Week-end

Directed by Roger Michell
United Kingdom, 2013
Comedy, Drama, Romance


Revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) run into an old colleague (Jeff Goldblum) and discover a new vision of what life and marriage might be.

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Le Week-end Directed by Roger Michell
…This once-significant dramatist [Hanif Kureishi] seems to have run out of meaningful things to say. The central characters—two married sixtysomething professors trying to reignite their romance on a weekend trip to Paris—voice familiar baby boomer gripes about post-60s disillusionment and even more familiar gripes about aging. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, except that Kureishi raises these stock concerns only to retreat into sentimentality and self-congratulation.
March 19, 2014
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Broadbent and especially Duncan—playing a character who may no longer be attracted to her husband, yet is still wavering enough to convince him he has a chance—go a long way toward making the movie seem pricklier and more embittered than it turns out to be. But the end ofLe Week-End reveals it to be the thoroughly ordinary melodrama a description suggests—a portrait of former ’60s fire-starters who are perfectly happy to settle for embers.
March 13, 2014
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Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy And Rosie Get Laid) sometimes overdoes the emotional-seesaw routine… But director Roger Michell (who’s previously worked with Kureishi on The Mother, Venus, and the miniseries The Buddha Of Suburbia) maintains a slightly jagged rhythm that proves disarming, and he has two magnificent collaborators in Broadbent and Duncan, who make Nick and Meg ornery and sometimes abrasive without crossing the line into caricature.
March 11, 2014
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