Sunday, March 16, 2014

Le Weekend

Director Roger Michell’s Le Weekend is a happy/sad, comic/tragic, but totally real coming-of-age story about a couple from Birmingham, England ostensibly celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary in Paris.

Nick (Jim Broadbent) is a professor at a minor university from which, we learn, he has just been forced into early retirement.  He admits that he does not do enjoyment well. Meg (Lindsay Duncan) is a teacher, who is itching for a life change, which may include divorce.  She wants and needs enjoyment.

Writer Hanif Kureishi’s script does not pull any punches in this bi-polar love/hate relationship.  And, it’s terrific, in both senses of the word.

This film is for adults only, not for anything salacious, but because it might frighten fragile millennials and children from wanting to grow older.

Broadbent and Duncan are absolutely wonderful as is Jeff Goldblum, who comes into the story as Nick’s more financially successful, old friend.

I give Le Weekend a 4 out of 5 and the beautiful Lindsay Duncan a high 5.

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