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‘Le Week-End’: Michell brings artistic masterpiece to the screen

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‘Le Week-End’

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This is a story about a married couple from London, England trying to rekindle their marriage in a place where it all happened before. This foreign film originally released in the United Kingdom in 2013 received such great reviews that it is now being released in the United States. It centers on a couple whose marriage has become so unbearable that it is time to find a way to save it.

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In hopes of saving their marriage, Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent), a University a professor, plans a weekend to Paris, France with his wife, Meg Burrows (Lindsay Duncan), also a teacher, where they went on their honeymoon many years before. Meg seems to be unhappy with everything they visit. The hotel Nick picks in not suitable, the restaurants they find are not good enough, and the shops they visit are boring and old.

After, Nick tells Meg that he is being forced into early retirement. She wants to live things up a bit so she convinces Nick to skip on a bill at a restaurant. Things start to look up for the couple when they run into an old friend of Nick’s, Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), while walking down a Paris street. He is so happy to see them that he invites them to a small party he is having. They later decide to attend.

When Nick accuses Meg of a relationship with Merrick the Computer Tech, things go bad and their relationship seems to be on the verge of divorce. When they attend the party, Meg is offered a chance to have a drink with another man and things start to spin in the wrong direction.

Director, Roger Michell does a great job expressing the feelings of each character throughout the film. He continues to show how hard relationships can become and the work that must be done to fix them. The storyline is well thought out and presented well on screen. He also does a great job with the setting location of Paris, France and uses it to the films advantage.

This is a cute story that expresses the inner workings of relationships and how hard they can be to keep them going. It shows the difficultly that two people can have in the later years of marriage. But it also demonstrates the rewards you can receive when things begin to change and the relationship starts to get better. This is a worthwhile film to bring your love one to see and show each other the work ahead to have a wonderful relationship.

Final Grade: I give this a B for its original storyline and excellent dialog.

Release Date: April 4th, 2014

Cast: Lindsay Duncan, Jim Broadbent, and Jeff Goldblum.

Director: Roger Michell

Writer: Hanif Kureishi

Runtime: 93 minutes (1 hour and 33 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some sexual content.

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Production Company: Film4, Free Range Films, Le Bureau and Music Box Films.

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