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Movie Review: Le Week-­End

Love is lost and found on a weekend getaway to Paris

April 12, 2014 | 8:04 p.m. CST

In Hollywood, love is a many-splendored thing for the young and beautiful. However, one segment of society commonly neglected in films are the empty nesters. You know, the sixty­-somethings who aren’t quite yet retired and who might or might not have a lingering 30-­year-­old son living in the basement.

Le Week­-End seeks to fill this gap by following married couple Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent) on a weekend getaway to Paris. Romantic as this might seem, the trip proves to be a last attempt at reconciling what is left of their 30­-year marriage. The tone of the film ping pongs back and forth between desire and disappointment. Often the changes are drastic, and the audience is left in the lurch of Meg’s moody, cold­hearted tantrums, or Nick’s comedic speeches and rather witty exclamations on life and love. Overall, the temperature of the film resembles lukewarm bath water, which adds a rather somber, sometimes unsatisfactory, mood to the film.

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The idea of doing a film about a marriage on the verge of ending isn’t a novel concept, but it is one that will resonate with most audiences. The actors do a marvelous job of being thoroughly disgruntled and in love with one another simultaneously, and the cinematography will make you want to hop the next plane to Paris. There’s also something rather beautiful about a film’s attempt to capture something so commonly ignored and misunderstood.

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    I completely agree with how the cinematography could make me want to go to Paris. The way they portrayed it made the city seem magical. I enjoyed observing the different angles they were able to capture.

    Posted by katy flad on Apr 24, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. (Report Comment)