Le Week-End: New York Film Festival 2013

There has to be room in the fest for the modest but affecting pleasures of veteran actors tearing into the subject of golden-years resignation....

New York Film Festival 2013: Le Week-End

There has to be room in the fest for the modest but affecting pleasures of veteran actors tearing into the subject of golden-years resignation. Roger Michell’s comedy transports Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, a bickering pair of Brits, to the magical terrain of Paris, where reinvigorated affections intermingle with career dissatisfactions and hurt. Money is a looming concern: There’s a failed-to-launch son desperate to move back home, and Broadbent’s professor casually reveals he’s facing forced early retirement for an ignominious exchange with a student. Memories of the old-timers’ former idealism swim to the forefront (a Bob Dylan–loaded iPod gets a workout). Still, the film thrums with a couple’s creative survival. And as if two towering performances weren’t enough, along comes the lovably weird Jeff Goldblum to shake things up. Click for showtimes.—Joshua Rothkopf

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