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: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Once the characters start explaining the sources of their unhappiness, the drama becomes less compelling, largely because their problems seem far from insurmountable."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"Not exactly a breezy getaway, the film visits the sites, and drops down on rougher terrain, too."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Little satisfies more at the movies than the relatively cheap special effect catalyzed by putting together a couple of great actors and letting them (figuratively speaking) dance a lengthy pas de deux. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Charming "Le Week-End" a Rare Breed"
‑ Charles Koplinski, Illinois Times
"A tale of two Brit boomers looking for lost love in Paris, this is Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with room service. Broadbent and Duncan have never been better. Their eyes and body language say as much as the dagger-sharp dialog."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
"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
"Think Before Midnight crossed with The Out-of-Towners and you're somewhere in the ballpark."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"...might remind you of John Cassavetes' low-budget, high-resolution dramas - there's a wince-inducing realness to the often painful interactions between the couple."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"...a forgettable trifle that continually squanders the efforts of its talented cast."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"[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
"Roger Michell's acidic and poignant film is less "Before Sunrise" and more "Before Midnight.""
‑ Rob Thomas, Madison Movie
"Duncan's summation of her life at age sixtysomething is as staccato as a telegram with bad news: 'Dissatisfaction -- fury -- and the clock ticking by.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Such a pleasure to hang with Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent (even when bickering and lamenting)."
‑ Clint O'Connor, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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