Le Week-End (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Topped with bittersweet humor but possessing surprisingly thorny depths, Le Week-End offers a sophisticated, well-acted portrait of late-life struggles and long-term marriage.


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In Mr. Michell's magically buoyant and bittersweet film, Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married couple who revisit Paris for a long weekend for the first time since their honeymoon, in hopes of rekindling their relationship-or, perhaps, to bring it to an end. Diffident, wistful Nick (Broadbent) and demanding, take-charge Meg (Duncan) careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock and grapple with love, loss, regret and, disappointment, in their … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Hanif Kureishi
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Box Office: $2.2M
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Critic Reviews for Le Week-End

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (32)

Before long the movie -- as neatly constructed as it is -- isn't really behaving like a movie, but more like life, as it's lived by a fractious pair of empty nesters who find themselves at a crossroads.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
Chicago Tribune
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Once the characters start explaining the sources of their unhappiness, the drama becomes less compelling, largely because their problems seem far from insurmountable.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Chicago Reader
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Despite its rough turns and bumpy exposition, Le Week-End is absolutely a trip worth taking, full of moving moments and well-earned laughs.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
CinemaBlend.com

A loosely structured but acutely observed relationships movie with a wide streak of painful comedy.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
Independent

There's little in the way of dramatic fireworks or intimate epiphanies. The emotional messiness is just too schematic and neat, suggesting theatrical rather than real-world inspirations.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

All of this elevates Le Week-End to the level of intelligent film without sacrificing humor, bite, and beauty, all of which it has in scads.

Full Review… | January 6, 2015
Christianity Today

Audience Reviews for Le Week-End

½

Relationships degrade and diminish in their returns, over a long period of time. No one knows that better than married couple Meg (Duncan) and Nick (Broadbent). Married for thirty years, in debt, anchored by a druggie son, and about to begin retirement, their marriage needs a bit of work. On vacation in Paris the pair explore the city and learn from one another what it really means to love and be loved. They are both over-the-top in love with one another, and also contemptuous of each other, in a very strange portrayal of a dysfunctional relationship. They are also very adolescent in their escapades, including hitting each other, having petty fights, and running after one another in chase more than once. They become alive in the city of light, and re-learn what it is to care for another person. Bold in its execution as well as its inception, this film is not only important for its truthfulness, but playfulness.

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Spencer S.

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½

For their thirtieth anniversary, Nick(Jim Broadbent) and Meg(Lindsay Duncan) travel to Paris by train. And then promptly get lost trying to find their hotel. What they do find is definitely on the anti-climactic side, especially after a long climb up the stairs. In trying to find something more suitable to their tastes, they find a hotel to their liking but there are no vacancies. Luckily for them, a suite opens up for them which will do after assurances that it has been sanitized since Tony Blair stayed there.

"Le Week-end" is a thoughtful movie that nails the intricacies and bargains of any long term relationship, in this case involving two people at a crossroads in their lives who feel that life has simply passed them by.(Mortality is an important theme, especially after visitng the cemetery to look in on Nick's heroes.) Since they feel they have no future left, with Nick facing early retirement due to an insensitive statement to a student, they act recklessly like teenagers. Some of that might have to do with the lack of perspective on their own situations, exemplified in the dueling speeches that serve as the de facto emotional climax of the movie. None of which would be as successful without the right actors at the top of their respective games in the leads. Now, if only I could figure out what all the climbing and descending stairs is supposed to mean.

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Walter M.

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Having spent their honeymoon in Paris many years ago, married British couple Meg (Duncan) and Nick (Broadbent) return for a weekend to the French capital, hoping to reignite their relationship. In a failed attempt at a romantic gesture, Nick has booked the couple into the same hotel they stayed in during their honeymoon but Meg instantly disapproves ("It's too beige!", she complains) and insists on taking a suite in one of the city's more expensive hotels. Over the course of the weekend, the couple bicker, dredging up the past, culminating in a party at the home of American economist Morgan (Goldblum), an old Cambridge buddy of Nick's.

Parisians have a longstanding reputation for a lack of hospitality towards tourists and if they have to deal with obnoxious visitors like Meg and Nick on a regular basis, it's all too understandable why. Meg and Nick are the year's most hideous onscreen couple; a pair of Little Englanders of the worst kind, self-centered and quick to blame everyone else for their problems. They've barely set foot in France before they're patronizing the locals, even going as far as committing fraud by fleeing an expensive restaurant without paying and running up a hotel bill they know they can't afford. When the hotel manager informs them of just how serious their situation is, Meg merely laughs and says something along the lines of "I'm not staying here to listen to this nonsense". I was braced for a line like "Oh you silly little garlic eaters, don't you realize we're British?".

Nick is a particularly loathsome individual who feels the world is against him. He complains that his son is a bum who spends his afternoons watching TV; but when your parents are petty criminals with no respect for anyone else, how do you expect to turn out? A teacher at a polytechnic, he's set to lose his job after making a racist remark to a black student. Nick spins it as a case of political correctness gone mad but if we were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, any suspicions about his xenophobia are confirmed later when, drinking in a bar frequented by African immigrants, he exclaims "We can't do a runner from here, they'll beat us up!" That's one vote UKIP can count on then.
The movie ends with the three leads recreating the dance scene from Godard's 'Band of Outsiders' but neither the film nor its horrid characters have done anything to earn such a joyous moment and this is exactly the sort of safe bourgeois film-making the Nouvelle Vague railed against. Michell may have aimed for a bittersweet comedy but the taste 'Le Week-End' leaves in your mouth is merely bitter.

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