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Film Description

 


Le Week-end

Numerous films of late have turned their attention to the romantic lives of older people, but many do so in an “isn’t that charming” manner that verges on the condescending. Bracing, prickly, and full of passion, Le Week-end, the new film from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson), sheds the cozy comfort of retiree rom-coms for an altogether more interesting love story: the ups and downs of a romance 30 years in the making.

Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent) have been together forever. For their thirtieth wedding anniversary, they've chosen to return to Paris, where they honeymooned. It's not long before the city of light begins reflecting the couple's conflicts right back at them.

Rejecting their first, depressingly beige, hotel for an impossibly expensive choice, Meg then begins rejecting her husband. "Can I touch you?" he asks, tentatively. "What for?" she snaps. Although they would never stoop to acting them out physically, this relationship has emotional contours the Marquis de Sade could embrace. When Meg and Nick run into their insufferably successful old friend, played with pure delight by Jeff Goldblum, their squabbles rise to a register that's both emotionally rich and very funny.

By turns sharply comic and deadly serious, Le Week-end is full of surprises. The dialogue has both the heart and the crackle of Richard Linklater's Before… series, delving deep into the tensions that shape this couple's relationship while holding nothing back. Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Hyde Park on Hudson) has shown us the pleasures of complicated romance before, but never has his filmmaking felt freer. From the charged scenes at the hotel, to Goldblum's delicious intervention, to a clever nod to Jean-Luc Godard at the end, this is one of the most enjoyable love stories we've seen all year.



CRITICAL NOTES

"Le Week-end is a barbed, funny and poignant comedy-drama." - Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent

"Lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out

"A finely matched Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan explore the wrinkles of marriage with humor and honesty." - David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
FILM INFORMATION

Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan
Year: 2013
Runtime: 93 minutes
Country: UK
Language: English
Distributor: Pacific Northwest Pictures


Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR

SCREENING DATES 

Date Circuit Centre Location
April 18, 2014 Brandon Film Festival
Evans Theatre
Brandon, MB
April 20, 2014 The O'Brien Circuit Series
O'Brien Theatre
Arnprior, ON
April 21, 2014 Hudson Film Society
Hudson Village Theatre
Hudson, QC
April 28, 2014 Reel Alternatives
Cowichan Theatre
Duncan, BC
April 28, 2014 Sylvan Lake Film Society
Landmark Cinema
Sylvan Lake, AB
April 30, 2014 Midland Film Series
Galaxy Cinema
Midland, ON
May 05, 2014 Southlake Cinemania
Silvery City Newmarket
Newmarket, ON
May 07, 2014 Chilliwack Arts Council Film Fest
Chilliwack Cottonwood 4 Cinemas
Chilliwack, BC
May 08, 2014 Cambridge Galleries Cineseries
Galaxy Cinemas
Cambridge, ON
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