LE WEEK-END (15)
Run time: 93mins
Release date: 11 October
Distributor: Curzon Film World
Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldman, Olly Alexander
Synopsis: A long-married couple, Meg and Nick, return to Paris for the first time since their honeymoon to revitalise their marriage; here they run into an old friend who gives them a new vision of life and love.
There is heavy breathing near the beginning of Le Week-End – but have no fear – it is only Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) struggling up the many steps that lead to the heights of Montmartre. Things have changed for them and for their perceptions of their honeymoon city; from the start it is clear that events have conspired against them as they fail to recapture the magic of youth. The hotel that has lived in their memory is unrecognisable and their mutual passion seems to have long abated – now they just annoy each other. They become reckless and check into a luxury hotel, where they indulge in a spree they cannot afford.
It takes a chance meeting with an old friend, Morgan (Jeff Goldblum) to set off a chain of events which revolutionises their view of life and reignites their love for one another. This poignant, bittersweet tale of a couple returning to Paris after thirty years in an attempt to zhuh up their flat marriage is the fourth collaboration between writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell (The Buddha of Suburbia, The Mother and Venus). It is a sharp, scathingly witty and deeply reflective look at love, with superb performances from the three leads and nods to the anarchic spirit of the French New Wave (Godard’s 1967 film of the same name and a tribute to the famous dance scene from Bande à part)
With Paris locations, a soundtrack including Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Debussy and the major themes of unrealised potential, forgotten dreams and ideals and reinvention, Le Week-End makes for a distinctively different kind of love story
Photographs courtesy of Curzon Films