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Le Week-End [DVD]
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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).
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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.Read more ›
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Brilliant - I loved it - I was having my 30 Wedding Anniversary too and we had met in ParisPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wanted to watch this as the great Jim Broadbent is in it and what a bonus the beautiful Lindsay Duncan & Jeff Goldblum, great story and set in Paris 10 out of 10Published 2 months ago by Gary H.
Very disappointed. The film is very disjointed and jumps from one scene to another, it doesn't really flow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lazy Lady
What a sad reflection of an age group that is so much more than this.Published 5 months ago by Suzie Dups