Le Week-End: grown-up comedy with outstanding performances
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan never put a foot wrong in this insightful portrait of time-worn love
What you need to know
British comedy-drama Le Week-End, opens in UK cinemas today. Notting Hill director Roger Michell has collaborated with screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureshi on this tale of the trials of marriage.
Le Week-End follows Nick and Meg, an ageing couple on a weekend getaway in Paris to rejuvenate their 30-year marriage. But they have problems not even the magic of Paris can solve.
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star as Nick and Meg. Jeff Goldblum appears as a slickly successful old friend of Nick now living in Paris.
What the critics like
Kureshi and Michell have created "a tender, insightful portrait of a stagnant marriage, and a film of considerable substance", says Catherine Shoard in The Guardian. It would not be difficult to read autobiography into this story, and the psychological candour gives Le Week-End its gut punch.
It helps that Le Week-End boasts two outstanding central performances from Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan who "never put a foot wrong", says David Gritten in the Daily Telegraph. Broadbent nails his role as a frustrated underachiever perfectly and Lindsay Duncan is "unforgettable" as Meg.
A nouvelle vague spirit ripples through this "grown-up serio-comedy about the regrets and underappreciated rewards of time-worn love", says David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. The film is imbued with an engaging mix of warmth and prickliness by the lovely, lived-in performances of Broadbent and Duncan.
What they don't like
"The film smacks of an attempt to capture a youthful, indie style the oldieweds themselves crave to rediscover, giving it a clumsy, puppyish feel," says Dan Jolin in Empire. But despite that it is never unappealing, thanks to Jeff Goldblum's cameo and some compelling verbal swordplay between Broadbent and Duncan. ·