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Le Week-End [Blu-ray]
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Le Week-End is completely different. I've never seen a film that so deftly and subtly examines the results of spending half a lifetime with another person in a matrimonial relationship. There are disappointments, betrayals large and tiny, the irritation at old annoying habits, and also, astonishingly, moments of hope and tenderness. This is a very real movie, not a banal "character arc in seven scenes" movie-by-numbers. It is uncomfortable, moving, and painful to watch at times. Although there are moments of humor this is a comedy only in the Shakespearean sense that it's not a drama or a tragedy. So if you're looking for something for date night or to lighten the mood after a hard day at work this is not something you should choose. But if you want a serious and truly moving exploration of the frailties and foibles of a married couple who like us all have their ups, downs and sideways moments and somehow still find it better (just) to remain together than to part, this is a brilliant little gem of a movie with outstanding performances all around. Even the camera work is perfect - not seduced by Paris but rather showing us Paris through the eyes of the couple, warts and all. And the direction is likewise deft.Read more ›
I like the stars in many other things, but they were better than the material here. I literally had to advance playback to double-speed just to FORCE myself to get through this and finish it.
This literally sucked any energy and joy I had out of me, and if it weren't for seeing a bit of Paris it would have no value at all.
We find out soon enough that in this 30 year marriage, all is not well. They end up at an hotel where they once stayed 30 years ago, and Meg refuses to stay. Off they go in a taxi looking at the sights of Paris and end up in a very expensive hotel suite. This is a weekend to rev up their marriage, and it sounds like they need something. Nick mentions that Meg has not been available for love making for 5-10 years. Meg is cruel and downright nasty to him. They do have some fun, but it is not until an old college friend of Nick's runs into them. Morgan played by Jeff Goldblum is a well to do artist living with his new, pregnant wife. He invites them for dinner.
Now, things go downhill and then uphill again. Nick and Meg have things to say, and they do. This is a fine film of an older marriage, and the actors are superb. Usually Jim Broadbent plays a feeble older man. In this film he is in fine form, a welcome nuance. Lindsay Duncan is a joy. I have watched her in the new TV series, 'The Honorable Woman', a small part, but she is recognizable and unforgettable. Jeff Goldblum is perfect in this part. All in all, a film many married when revel in.
Recommended. prisrob 09-12-14
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A very troubling but thought-provoking movie -- well-written and superbly acted.Published 4 months ago by ECat
I thought this movie was so boring and silly that I quit watching after about a half hour. I can think of more ideal ways to waste my time. This is just my opinion. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gina R.
Perhaps the British humor eluded me. The understory between the husband and wife was over developed, And, while the major actors all worked their hardest, this film clearly missed... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan Chenkin
ANOTHER SENIOR ACTORS TRAVELING PICTURE IN SEARCH OF ADVENTURE AND LOVE LATE IN LIFE --WITH PLENTY OF WISDOM AND REALITYPublished 7 months ago by REEL RELIEF
A loveletter to mature partners in the City of Light.A weekend that is both funny and poignant and at times reveals the challenges of growing older together. Read morePublished 8 months ago by searle hartzell
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