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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:
Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

2.9 out of 5 stars

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Lynne on 9 April 2014
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike K on 18 April 2014
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I was so looking forward to 'Le Week-End'; a film which transports a late middle aged husband and wife back to the Paris of their youth to celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary and see what has changed. I was expecting to be able to delight in the Parisian setting and reflect on a philosophical dimension to a film exploring the passage of time. However, there was little to appeal in this film which focuses on a nauseatingly middle class and self-centred wife, her unfortunate husband and their uniniteresting trip. If we are supposed to be charmed as they re-live their youthful recklessness by leaving a restaurant without paying, well, frankly I wasn't!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Nelson on 10 Nov. 2014
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I am intrigued by the way this film has divided opinion almost equally straight down the five ratings. It just goes to show how reactions to the same film can be totally different. For me, it's a bit of a curate's egg. There is some delightful comedy in it, for example when the 50s something couple are seeking a restaurant in which to have dinner, and there are some exchanges between them that touch perceptively on the strains of married life, especially after 30 years. But there is something basically unsatisfactory about it ; it does not quite ring true, the tone veers disconcertingly from one mood to another and the way it simply stops (after the pair have absconded from the luxury hotel where they have racked up a hefty bill) leaves this viewer, at least, unsatisfied. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, good pros both, are always worth watching but, overall, I don't see this as a classic to be returned to. Just about worth three stars, I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moira on 4 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
This follows older couple, Meg and Nick on an anniversary break to Paris. It worked well enough at first showing them travelling by Eurostar, fussing over who has the Euros or the passports. Then as an English middle-class couple indulging in the French fantasy it was well observed. We see them spending an age choosing a restaurant for lunch, dismissing anything too modern or touristy, ooh-ing and ahh-ing over ever every mouthful of food.
Everything it not perfect, they have the irritations any couple with their long-standing relationship carry around, they also have money worries and an indolent grown up son back at home, but this all adds to the feeling of following a real-ish couple not always pulling together.
Where it goes down is the increasing lack of empathy I felt for them as the film went on. Splurging on the plastic to treat yourself to a nicer hotel is fine and taking time to think about the good and bad things in your life is healthy, but they came across in the end like spoilt kids feeling short changed by life not living up to their expectations. And doing a runner from restaurants is not big or clever - it will always come out of the already under paid staff wages.
It was well shot and acted overall but limited by the plot and character development.
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