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Le Week-End [DVD]

Jim Broadbent , Lindsay Duncan , Roger Michell    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum
  • Directors: Roger Michell
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Curzon Film World
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Feb 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FM0DWA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

LE WEEK-END is a beautifully observed and poignant story of a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) who return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon to revitalize their marriage. While there, they run into an old friend (Goldblum) who transforms their thoughts on life and their love for one another. Directed by Roger Michell (NOTTING HILL).

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Le Week-End is a beautifully observed and poignant story of a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) who return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon to revitalize their marriage. While there, they run into an old friend (Goldblum) who transforms their thoughts on life and their love for one another. Directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill). SCREENED/AWARDED AT: British Independent Film Awards, San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Le Week-End (2013)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British gold 9 April 2014
By Lynne
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was very nearly put off by the reviews here, but decided to buy anyway as often indi films that get poor reviews turn out to be excellent. This was a superbly acted gem of a film, touching but not one shred of sentimentality; instead we are treated to an intimate journey along with a couple to Paris for the weekend. Yes there is pain, regret, dissatisfaction, but there is also hope, love, loyalty, fun & truth. I thought the touching way that their love shines through was charming & poignant. It was easy to believe in the characters, loved the dinner party scene, Jim Broadbent' s speech is brilliantly done. This is not for those who like their love scenes wrapped up with candy kisses a la Hollywood, but for those who like simple, beautifully observed moments in ordinary life's, you will not regret seeing this. British cinema at its best.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dark journey into the pit of despair. 20 Feb 2014
Format:DVD
I watched this on blu ray last night and would like to add my review because I think the five star and the one star reviews are both right.

This film tells the story of a middle aged couple whose marriage is old, tired and worn out. They choose the occasion of their thirtieth anniversary to make an effort to rekindle their feelings for each other by staying in the same Paris hotel they visited when they were young. She rejects the room because it is beige, jumps in a taxi with her husband barely keeping up, demands that he give her all their euros and starts thrusting them at the taxi driver, driving around on a whimsical basis before stopping at a stupidly expensive hotel.

So far so good. She is rediscovering the recklessness of her youth, and breathlessly takes inspiration from glimpsing the sights. He is bumbling along behind in a state of confusion. The acting performances are extremely good, so much so that it is easy to become drawn in and start to identify with the characters. Most middle class, middle aged British couples will recognise something of themselves here, especially the bickering and arguing about the son who wants to move back in with them.

The harsh reality of their lives is revealed very quickly; she is a schoolteacher who hates her job, he reveals to her that he has just been sacked from his job teaching philosophy for making racist comments to a female student. The mood of the film is darkening, but the audience is expecting some kind of bounce back, redemption, pay off. The upside of life, rediscovered from chaos. It needs to be pointed out that the film was marketed as a feel-good, uplifting experience. The box lid says "perfect joy". The DVD was even released the week before valentines day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Paris 15 April 2014
Format:DVD
I was a big fan of Hanif Kureishi until this movie. And I believed the trailer and promotion talking about the film as showing redemption in a mature love relationship. Instead, this was closer to Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Having bought Le Weekend's marketing hype, I hung on to the bitter end hoping for a payoff. But a few seconds of dancing in a cafe is not redemption when there is nothing real about it.
Most feminists would describe the wife in this relationship (played by Lindsay Duncan) as a nasty piece of work. I kept waiting for her abused and depressed husband (played by Jim Broadbent) to stand up for himself, but it never happened. To the end, he kept letting her shove him around while he fantasized about love with an angry woman dead to anyone but herself. Yet he is supposed to be intelligent?
So the dots in this film remained totally unconnected. Yes, the acting was competent, but I only gave Le Weekend 2 stars (instead of one) because the film was set in Paris. This allowed us to get something for our money (scenery) to distract us from the script.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warts n all give this movie its reality! 23 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are perfectly cast as the couple in this movie, Jeff Goldblum is also excellent. Life has taken its toll on the couple, they are old and tired, they are at the end of their careers, their son is a pot-head, they have spent their savings buying him a house to get rid of him , their love life is limp and all hangs in the balance as they try to survive a romantic week end. Anybody who has lived and loved, lost or won, will find something in this movie, especially those reaching age milestones. Enjoy this film whilst drinking your best champagne, sit back and enjoy all the movie gives, the dramas, truths, lies and dreams and take in all those wonderful views of Paris.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressingly awful 9 Mar 2014
Format:DVD
My starting point is that I'm a Jim Broadbent fan - so this was a really huge disappointment. One of the worst, most depressing pointless films I've ever seen. To classify it as a comedy is appalling - it's a nihilist tragedy, at best. The main protagonists are a dysfunctional couple, one of whom appears to make a half-hearted effort to patch things up. But she - Meg, played by Lindsay Duncan, is such a hideous bitch, seemingly devoid of any redeeming features let alone attractiveness, that it stretches credulity to breaking point to imagine why anyone would even bother to try. The only passable moments are when Jeff Goldblum proves that Americans really are from another planet, but even that is small and rather flat beer in an otherwise worthless puddle of a film. Don't bother even to check if I'm right, you'll regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Moderate.
Published 1 day ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Paris in a weekend.
Personalities were quite believable and Paris is always great. A little incredible but very amusing.
Published 3 days ago by libra mcl
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed with this film although I like the actors Jim ...
A bit disappointed with this film although I like the actors Jim Broadbent and Lindsey Duncan. Had to concentrate on the couple's hidden agenda but delightful all the same
Published 4 days ago by angie
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This film is boring and depressing. I love Paris and I rented this to remember the happy days I spent there.
This put me off.
Published 17 days ago by Sam Shaker
4.0 out of 5 stars a film that will ring true for those of a certain age...
a weekend with your spouse in paris ...sounds like it might be predictable but its very touching funny and the cast is really excellent. a good film !
Published 17 days ago by L. K. Rowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and touching
Really enjoyed this movie. A weekend in Paris where husband and wife were forced to confront their issues and communicate. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Therese H.
5.0 out of 5 stars No point!
Don't all these conflicting reviews just prove that there is no point in either writing or reading reviews? Read more
Published 28 days ago by S. Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars LE WEEKEND
NOT TOO IMPRESSED WITH THIS FILM. ONLY JUST WATCHABLE. NOT MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS FILM.. NOT MUCH MORE TO SAY ABOUT THIS FILM. I REPEAT
Published 1 month ago by ROBERT HUGHES
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT WHAT I EXPECTED
Not what I expected from the reviews. Watched it mainly for the scenes of Paris which I know well. Disappointing.
Published 1 month ago by Ken Austin
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad ....
I think this was probably one of the worst films I've had from Love Film and so bad that it is worth writing a review. Set in Paris, the only redeeming feature .... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lady K.
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