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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
Hearing impaired subtitles 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

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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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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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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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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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This is one of the poorest films that I have ever watched. It made pathetic attempts to be profound but failed miserably. I would not recommend it to anyone, having just wasted my time watching it in the hope that it would get slightly better, at least. The very weak story line at the beginning of the film got gradually weaker, so the sudden end was not so much a shock as a gradual prolonged death.
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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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