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Le Week-End (2013)

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A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

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Meg
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Igor Gotesman ...
Montmartre Receptionist
Olivier Audibert ...
Taxi Driver
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Plaza Receptionist
Etienne Dalibert ...
Hotel Porter
Mauricette Laurence ...
Old Lady in Church
Gabriel Mailhebiau ...
Chez Dumonet Waiter
Violaine Baccon ...
Girl on motorbike
D. Damien Favereau ...
La Dame de Pic Maitre D.
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Déborah Amsellem ...
Hotel Shop Assistant
Stéphane De Fraia ...
Waiter at Morgan's Apartment
Brice Beaugier ...
Robert Ertel
Charlotte Léo ...
Dominique Ertel
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Meg, a teacher, and husband Nick, a philosophy lecturer who may just be about to get the push on the eve of retirement, spend a week-end in Paris to celebrate their thirtieth anniversary. He is staid, annoying his foul-mouthed wife who wants to turn the holiday into a series of exciting new experiences, booking into a hotel that stretches their budgets and running off from a restaurant without paying. She is also averse to his touching her and what was meant to be a belated second honeymoon is a depressing affair, full of arguments - including one about the son who has recently left home to live in squalor and whom Meg does not want to return. By chance they meet an old university friend of Nick, Morgan, an American high-flyer who invites them to a party where Meg can still turn men's heads and Nick has a conversation with Morgan's young son, leading him to believe that he is not as badly off as he had presumed. Ultimately there appears to be hope for the marriage. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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11 October 2013 (UK)  »

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Un fin de semana en París  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$43,608 (USA) (14 March 2014)

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$2,223,380 (USA) (27 June 2014)
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Fourth collaboration of Hanif Kureishi and Roger Michell. The story was developed in 2005 after a weekend trip to Montmartre, Paris. See more »

Quotes

Meg: The other day, I'll have you know, a young man... tried to pick me up
Nick: That doesn't surprise me... You're hot.
Meg: Thank you
Nick: Hot, but cold.
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References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

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Clair de lune [Suite bergamasque]
written by Claude Debussy
Performed by Naoko Yoshino
Courtesy of Philips Music Group (Netherlands)
Under liscence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Sour-tasting romcom
23 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

College lecturer Nick and schoolteacher Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) take the TGV to Paris for their 30th wedding anniversary. He still dotes on her, but she's had the seven-year-itch for at least 23 years. She insists on moving to a more ritzy hotel and makes it plain she'd like to move on to a more ritzy husband. They run into an old college chum of Nick's (Jeff Goldblum) who's got a new young wife. A party at his apartment confirms Meg in her feeling that life has short- changed her.

This sour take on the middle-aged romcom is scripted by Hanif Kureishi in the style of Woody Allen. It has no more substance than a 30-minute TV sitcom - a cross between AS TIME GOES BY and ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE - which is stretched a bit thin at 93 minutes. The best scene involves a restaurant bill they can't afford, but the joke falls flat when it's repeated in the hotel. Jeff Goldblum phones in another variant on his usual rich rogue persona. Jim Broadbent's Nick is a solid if predictable take on Victor Meldrew. Lindsay Duncan's Meg is the best thing in the movie, a partially tamed shrew who thinks - wrongly - that she could have, should have, done better. Married couples - maybe even unmarried couples - may find this film leaves a bitter taste; I think it's meant to.


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