Monday, April 7, 2014

"Le Week-End," Directed By Roger Michell

In "Le Week-End," a poignant, honest film directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi, Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), both teachers from England, are celebrating their 30th anniversary in Paris. Their banter gradually reveals both their affection and disappointment in each other and their regrets. Nick ruefully looks back while Meg expresses her frustration and rebellious spark through choosing a hotel and a meal at a restaurant they can't afford. After slipping out from the restaurant, they run into Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a former student of Nick’s at Cambridge. Morgan has written a best-seller, has a new, young French wife and, unlike Morgan, has a glib manner that covers up his self doubts. Ironically, it is when the couple hit bottom that they rediscover their capacity for love and spontaneity.

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