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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Michell directs two momentous performances by Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan with a deliciously idle eye. It’s all about love, it’s all about Paris, it’s all about Godard. But, most importantly, it’s the realization that the rational will never upstage the sentiment.
Hanif Kureishi and Roger Michell reteam for the wonderful tale of a long married couple trying to reconnect in some meaningful way over a weekend in Paris. This is Jesse and Celine in another 30 years. The authenticity in their relationship is striking due to wonderful scripting but also to the knowing turns by Duncan and Broadbent. Goldblum (somewhat playing himself) gives the film a little adrenaline.
Michell and his trio of actors put sufficient charm in an adventurous romantic story that, at least, had the merit of never being corny. Full Review: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.pt/2014/03/le-week-end-2013.html
Something very bittersweet and uncomfortably recognisable about this film. At times made me feel very awkward about some of the realities that comes with three decades of marriage (or any long-term relationship). In the end it all ended well and I (for one) loved the homage tinged ending.
It's so great to see a set up that's full with potential cliche - and then do nothing but avoid cliches throughout the film. The writing/directing/acting here is seamless, reserved and rich. Watching this film made me feel at ease with some of my own disappointments and regrets. That's what art is for. Some of the reviews below actually make me angry, which doesn't often happen.