Le Week-End 2013

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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)

Starring:
Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent
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DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan
Director Roger Michell
Genres Comedy
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 33 minutes
Starring Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan
Director Roger Michell
Genres Comedy
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 9 April 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
A train, where we observe people, and finally to an older couple, the woman reading, the man acting anxious, touching his pockets to make sure the Euros and their travel plans are all set. Our introduction to Lindsay Duncan as Meg Burrows and Jim Broadbent as Nick Burrows. They are on their way to Paris for an anniversary weekend.

We find out soon enough that in this 30 year marriage, all is not well. They end up at an hotel where they once stayed 30 years ago, and Meg refuses to stay. Off they go in a taxi looking at the sights of Paris and end up in a very expensive hotel suite. This is a weekend to rev up their marriage, and it sounds like they need something. Nick mentions that Meg has not been available for love making for 5-10 years. Meg is cruel and downright nasty to him. They do have some fun, but it is not until an old college friend of Nick's runs into them. Morgan played by Jeff Goldblum is a well to do artist living with his new, pregnant wife. He invites them for dinner.

Now, things go downhill and then uphill again. Nick and Meg have things to say, and they do. This is a fine film of an older marriage, and the actors are superb. Usually Jim Broadbent plays a feeble older man. In this film he is in fine form, a welcome nuance. Lindsay Duncan is a joy. I have watched her in the new TV series, 'The Honorable Woman', a small part, but she is recognizable and unforgettable. Jeff Goldblum is perfect in this part. All in all, a film many married when revel in.

Recommended. prisrob 09-12-14
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Peter Groome on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hobhood on 14 April 2014
Format: DVD
So much has been written about this here that I'm going to keep this relatively short. I was reluctant to watch what the trailers indicated was a fluffy comedy intended to appeal to those who enjoyed the wish fulfillment fantasies of the middle aged and elderly as depicted in the 'Marigold Hotel' and 'Quartet' films (I am 50). This is a sometimes disturbingly accurate, and rather bleak portrayal of the decline of a long term relationship. It is not totally depressing - it offers some hint at redemption and recovery, and is sometimes absurdly funny - but is often painfully redolent of the hard reality of the regret and failure which can characterize middle age. It is superbly acted and very well written and directed. The main problem for the negative reviewers here is that the trails in cinemas and on TV were totally misleading, suggesting that this film was going to be a light comedy. It is most certainly not that - but it nevertheless should be judged on its qualities as a film rather than its inability to deliver the laughs which the distributors misguidedly publicized in order to attract maximum revenue.
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