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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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18 of 20 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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35 of 41 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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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. Williams on 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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By apple blossom on 23 Mar 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Therese H. on 12 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
Really enjoyed this movie. A weekend in Paris where husband and wife were forced to confront their issues and communicate. Unlike some of the reviews about this move, I don't think the wife was being unduly harsh. She was just bored and unfulfilled with her life and marriage. Far from being a negative movie, the weekend enabled them to discover that there were still things unexpected and worthwhile in each other, and adventures to share with a sense of liberation and playfulness.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky C. on 26 April 2014
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This film is British at it's best. Simple yet touching glimpse into two peoples lives together - this is moving, funny and beautifully pathetic in places. Artistically set against the romantic back drop of Paris. This is not a love story, but it is a story about love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan C Foxon on 26 April 2014
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We never saw it at the cinema as intended, it wasn't on for long enough. Now we can see why. With such good cast it should have been better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. H. Reay on 25 April 2014
Format: DVD
looked forward with great anticipation and ended up losing the will to see the film through - gave up after 30 mins
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