Le Week-End

2014 (Roger Michell) 14A, 93 minutes

Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent

On their weekend in Paris Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbent), minor academics from Birmingham, each lug enormous suitcases, first struggling up the narrow spiral stairs of the once-romantic hotel where they spent their honeymoon, then in a harrumph down again when Meg finds it unacceptably down at its heels. The baggage barely fits it into the cramped taxi that delivers them to a far more picturesque (and expensive) one with Eiffel Tower views. The bags are then whisked away by porters and up to their suite, where the couple proceed to unpack the baggage of several decades of marriage.

Even if the hotel had still been perfectly charming, Meg would have found fault in Nick’s planning. Finely attuned to her unhappiness, she is a reluctant companion on their 30th wedding anniversary. The getaway only intensifies the discord, dissatisfaction and disillusionment of their longtime relationship.

 

Nathalie Atkinson, National Post

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