Le Week-End

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Le Week-End
Le week-end.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Roger Michell
Produced by Kevin Loader
Written by Hanif Kureishi
Starring Jim Broadbent
Lindsay Duncan
Jeff Goldblum
Music by Jeremy Sams[1]
Cinematography Nathalie Durand
Edited by Kristina Hetherington
Production
company
Film4
Free Range Films
Le Bureau
Distributed by Curzon Film World (United Kingdom)
ARP Sélection (France)
Release dates
  • 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07) (TIFF)
  • 11 October 2013 (2013-10-11) (United Kingdom)
  • 5 March 2014 (2014-03-05) (France)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
France
Language English
French

Le Week-End is a 2013 British-French drama film directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi. The film is the fourth collaboration between Michell and Kureishi, who both began developing the story seven years prior during a weekend trip to Montmartre.[2] It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

Plot[edit]

Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg Burrows (Lindsay Duncan) are a married academic couple from Birmingham advancing in age and tension. To mark their 30th wedding anniversary, the two embark on a trip to the place they honeymooned three decades ago: Paris, France. Hoping to rejuvenate their marriage, the couple arrives in Paris only for things not to go as planned. Eventually, the two bump into Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), with whom Nick went to university and who is now a successful writer, and attend a dinner party of his that ultimately opens up a new view of life and love for the aging couple.

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Reception[edit]

Le Week-End received positive reviews upon its release. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 123 reviews with a "Certified Fresh" rating, with an average score of 7.4/10. The site's consensus states: "Topped with bittersweet humor but possessing surprisingly thorny depths, Le Week-End offers a sophisticated, well-acted portrait of late-life struggles and long-term marriage."[4] On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 based on reviews from critics, the film has a score of 74 (citing "generally favourable") based on 27 reviews.[5]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, stating, "This fourth collaboration between director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi is pleasurably supple in its mood shifts between droll verbal comedy and penetrating emotional truth. While not without touches of precious affectation, the film is imbued with an engaging mix of warmth and prickliness by the lovely, lived-in performances of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan."[6] Dennis Harvey of Variety also praised the direction, writing, and lead performances calling the film a "bittersweet, charming [...] display of keenly intelligent craftsmanship on all levels [that] should appeal to the same mature audiences that embraced the creators’ 2006 Venus."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jeremy Sams Scoring Roger Michell’s ‘Le Week-End’". Film Music Reporter. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Gritten, David (11 October 2013). "Hanif Kureishi and Roger Michell on Le Week-End: 'We find each other very annoying'". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Le Week-End". TIFF. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Le Week-End - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Le Week-End Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  6. ^ Rooney, David (6 September 2013). "Le Week-end: Toronto Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Dennis (8 September 2013). "Toronto Film Review: ‘Le Week-End’". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 

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