Le Week-End
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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,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By its ambiguous yet hopeful end, we're at one with Nick and Meg: Sometimes, you just have to dance. Somehow, you go on."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"...a forgettable trifle that continually squanders the efforts of its talented cast."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A playful serio-comedy about marital discord that is more depressing than funny."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Not even Paris can gloss over how this couple's banter and familiarity have turned into bickering and discontent."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"[It] lacks a solid plot or even much structure -- yet it works beautifully."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Wisely, director Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") does not burden Hanif Kureishi's literate, witty and emotionally nuanced script and the impeccable performances with an attempt at personal style."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Such a pleasure to hang with Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent (even when bickering and lamenting)."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Unsentimental and bittersweet..."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"A small-scale, well-observed drama."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Not exactly a breezy getaway, the film visits the sites, and drops down on rougher terrain, too."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Director Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") has the good sense to step back and let Broadbent and Duncan work their magic on Hanif Kureishi's script. They don't disappoint."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The trip is a rewarding one that ends on a note of bittersweet magic that is hopeful without being the least gooey. You need to see this film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Michell lets Meg and Nick's problems - and their underlying affection - unfold naturally, gracefully, over the eventful weekend. He also harks back to the French New Wave to embody the couple's youthful ambitions and their nostalgia for an earlier Paris."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Funny, original and compelling."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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