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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 own very English way. When Meg and Nick run into their insufferably successful old friend Morgan, an American academic superstar with a fancy Parisian address played with pure delight by Jeff Goldblum, their squabbles rise to a register that's both emotionally rich and very funny. (c) Music Box
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R (for language and some sexual content)
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Drama
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Cast

Jim Broadbent
as Nick Burrows
Lindsay Duncan
as Meg Burrows
Jeff Goldblum
as Morgan
Olly Alexander
as Michael
Igor Gotesman
as Montemartre Receptionist
Olivier Audibert
as Taxi Driver
Sophie-Charlotte Husson
as Plaza Receptionist
Etienne Dalibert
as Hotel Porter
Mauricette Laurence
as Old Lady in Church
Gabriel Mailhebiau
as Chez Dumonet Waiter
Violaine Baccon
as Girl on Motorbike
D. Damien Favereau
as La Dame de Pic Maitre
Deborah Amselem
as Hotel Shop Assistant
Stéphane De Fraia
as Waiter at Morgan's Apartment
Brice Beaugier
as Robert Ertel
Charlotte Léo
as Dominique Ertel
Xavier De Guillebon
as Jean-Pierre Degremont
Marie-France Alvarez
as Victoire La Chapelle
Lee Michelsen
as Harry Rose
Denis Sebbah
as Christopher Aragües
Sébastien Siroux
as Valentin Lefevre
Nicolas Carpentier
as Plaza Security Guard
Scali Delpeyrat
as Plaza Hotel Manager
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All Critics (144) | Top Critics (33)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

By its ambiguous yet hopeful end, we're at one with Nick and Meg: Sometimes, you just have to dance. Somehow, you go on.

April 10, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[It] lacks a solid plot or even much structure -- yet it works beautifully.

Full Review… | April 8, 2014
Newsday
Top Critic

Not exactly a breezy getaway, the film visits the sites, and drops down on rougher terrain, too.

Full Review… | March 28, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This extra-dry mix of drama and comedy is supposed to reflect the complexities of real life; but as a movie, it's so schematic and schizoid, it leaves us scratching our berets.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

I feel like the flow of the movie wasn't as smooth as it should have been but the acting and the realness of these characters were enough to keep you interested and rooting for this couple to stay together.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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