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Le Week-End

Le Week-End
Starring:
Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Ducan and Jeff Goldblum


Rated: R for language and some sexual content.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: March 14, 2014 Released by: Music Box Films

Dull but pleasant film with two 50 somethings who have been married for 30 years in a marriage that is not ending but it is crumbling.

They must be flower children from the 70's who continue to act as kids skipping on a dinner bill and using a bad credit card at their hotel.

The sight seeing is nice and Broadbent is solid actor who gives a fine performance as does Lindsay Ducan as husband and wife and sometime lovers.

This is a renewed visit to Paris perhaps to get together again or to allow the crumbling marriage structure to fall apart. With little remaining in their married life (the kids are gone) the only discussion remaining is what to use to tile the bathroom.

They bring moments of romance and angry recriminations to the relationship as they wander around Paris. He remains attracted to her we are not sure about her, in fact she appears not sure how she feels.

Le Weekend does not bring any true conclusion to this aging couple who don't know where they are and where they are going. That doesn't change from the beginning of the film to the end.

Jeff Goldblum is a friend and admirer of Broadbent who has been a professor for the 30 years, and has powerful praise for his friend. Broadbent is cynical about his life and rips his life of work, his relationship with Duncan, and his failures as a father with his son who he describes and shiftless and without direction.

We laugh a little at their actions in Paris and it is always good to see the Paris on the screen but something is missing, probably some resolution for these flower children who are ready to retire.

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Le Week-End  C+                           C+ 

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