Le Week-End

Film, Drama
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
0 Love It
Save it
Le Week-End

After ‘The Mother’ and ‘Venus’, this is the third collaboration between ‘Notting Hill’ director Roger Michell and writer Hanif Kureishi. It’s their strongest yet, and once again they offer a late-life dash for love and happiness. ‘Le Week-End’ tells of Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a married couple who head to Paris for a break, but find themselves facing up to personal and professional ennui. It’s lightly played, often very funny and shot all over Paris with energy and wit, and boosted by superb, inquiring turns from Broadbent and Duncan. It deals head-on with its sad-faced subject without leaning on sentimentality or misery, or offering easy answers. Michell and Kureishi insert a winning dose of magic into the realism in the form of Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a wealthy old friend that the couple bump into. The meeting inspires an awkward, near-surreal dinner-party scene and allows Michell to close the film with an uplifting nod to Godard’s ‘Bande à Part’. Delightful.

By: Dave Calhoun

Posted:

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday October 11 2013
Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roger Michell
Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi
Cast: Jeff Goldblum
Jim Broadbent
Lindsay Duncan

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:0
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:1
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|6
1 person listening

An interesting but imperfect film.l am in my mid 50s but at times found this a bit too old for me.The main weakness is in the writing.The actors do their best with the limited material.Broadbent as always is highly watchable.It feels a little contrived or cliched and at other times very observant.It is a littel film really suitable for a BBC2 drama rather than the big screen.The writer cannot seem to reach the dizzy heights of Beautiful Laundrette and Buddha of Suberbia and his greatest work My son the fanatic..Watchable,decent but no more


An interesting but imperfect film.l am in my mid 50s but at times found this a bit too old for me.The main weakness is in the writing.The actors do their best with the limited material.Broadbent as always is highly watchable.It feels a little contrived or cliched and at other times very observant.It is a littel film really suitable for a BBC2 drama rather than the big screen.The writer cannot seem to reach the dizzy heights of Beautiful Laundrette and Buddha of Suberbia and his greatest work My son the fanatic..Watchable,decent but no more


dreadful, dreary middle class middle age angst done with cliche and cartooning, despite great performances by the two leads. The occasional carefreeness and physical abandon was at odds to the pain, physical and emotional, they professed to be carrying.


dreadful, dreary middle class middle age angst done with cliche and cartooning, despite great performances by the two leads. The occasional carefreeness and physical abandon was at odds to the pain, physical and emotional, they professed to be carrying.