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Le Week-End -- Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (the forthcoming ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness -- and even deeper regret.  A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become. This magically buoyant, bittersweet comedy drama, starring two of Britain’s national treasures, is a new peak in the ongoing collaboration between screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell, following VENUS, THE MOTHER and THE BUDDHA OF SUBURBIA.
Le Week-End -- A long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.
Le Week-End -- A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

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Writer:
Hanif Kureishi (written by)
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Release Date:
11 October 2013 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Lindsay Duncan ... Meg

Jim Broadbent ... Nick
Igor Gotsmanov ... Montmartre Receptionist (as Igor Gotesman)
Olivier Audibert ... Taxi Driver

Sophie-Charlotte Husson ... 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.

Jeff Goldblum ... Morgan
Déborah Amsellem ... Hotel Shop Assistant
Stéphane De Fraia ... Waiter at Morgan's Apartment
Brice Beaugier ... Robert Ertel
Charlotte Léo ... Dominique Ertel
Xavier De Guillebon ... Jean-Pierre Degremont

Marie-France Alvarez ... Victoire La Chapelle
Lee Michelsen ... Harry Rose
Denis Sebbah ... Christopher Aragues
Sébastien Siroux ... Valentin Lefevre
Judith Davis ... Eve
Julie Descarpentrie ... Waitress

Olly Alexander ... Michael
Nicolas Carpentier ... Plaza Security Guard
Scali Delpeyrat ... Plaza Hotel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yvonne Gradelet ... Old Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Roger Michell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hanif Kureishi  written by

Produced by
Louisa Dent .... executive producer
Bertrand Faivre .... co-producer
Philip Knatchbull .... executive producer
Kevin Loader .... producer
Rosa Romero .... line producer
Sue Bruce Smith .... executive producer (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
 
Original Music by
Jeremy Sams 
 
Cinematography by
Nathalie Durand (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kristina Hetherington 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuelle Duplay 
 
Art Direction by
Cécile Arlet Colin  (as Cécile Arlet)
 
Costume Design by
Natalie Ward 
 
Makeup Department
Karen Hartley .... hair designer (as Karen Hartley Thomas)
Karen Hartley .... makeup designer (as Karen Hartley Thomas)
Irène Jordi .... make-up and hair artist: dailies France (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jean-Christophe Colson .... unit production manager
Fiona Morham .... head of production: BFI
Karine Petite .... unit manager
Louise Seymour .... post-production supervisor
Valentin Tourdjman .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Valérie Aragües .... first assistant director
Delphine Bertrand .... second assistant director
Aurore Coppa .... third assistant director
Kevin Frilet .... daily assistant director
Jack Charlie George .... work experience assistant director (as Jack George)
 
Art Department
Maxime Bocquet .... dressing props
Anthony Chardy .... dressing props
Jean-Rene Gautier .... daily standby props (as Jean-René Gautier)
Pauline Lefevere .... prop buyer (as Pauline Lefévére)
Christophe Offret .... standby props
Xavière Protat .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Martin Beresford .... sound recordist
Sandy Buchanan .... foley editor
Sandy Buchanan .... foley recordist
Paul Cotterell .... dialogue editor
Paul Cotterell .... re-recording mixer
Paul Cottrell .... adr editor: Alter Ego
Thomas Fennell .... sound assistant (as Tom Fennell)
Ashoke Ghosh .... boom operator
Danny Hambrook .... sound designer
Rob Hughes .... adr recordist
Robert Karlsson .... dolby sound consultant (as Rob Karlsson)
Tushar Manek .... sound mix technician
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Tim Caplan .... visual effects producer: Union Visual Effects
Adam Gascoyne .... visual effects supervisor: Union Visual Effects
Ines Li .... visual effects production assistant: Union Visual Effects
Noga Alon Stein .... visual effects line producer: Union Visual Effects
Agueda Del Castillo .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jo McLaren .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Vérité .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Marco Beaurepaire .... gaffer (as Marc Beaurepaire)
Lucie Bracquemont .... additional first assistant camera
Lucie Bracquemont .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Valentin Cauchie .... rushes backup
Nicola Dove .... still photographer
Lazare Pedron .... camera operator: "b" camera
Lazare Pedron .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Aurélien Py .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Valentin Rocher .... electrician
Tibaud Roussel .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Théo Vanstaevel .... daily electrician
 
Casting Department
Aurélie Avram .... crowd casting
Elodie Demey .... casting director: France
Alice Searby .... casting: UK
Fiona Weir .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Valentine Solé .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Fiorenza Bagnariol .... digital film bureau
Stephen Boucher .... conform editor
Jonathan Collard .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Peter Collins .... color assistant
Marie Fernandes .... digital intermediate producer
Adam Glasman .... colorist
Emily Greenwood .... digital conform
Neil Harrison .... digital intermediate systems administrator
Dan Helme .... digital intermediate data wragler
Timothy P. Jones .... digital film bureau (as Timothy Jones)
Patrick Malone .... digital intermediate head of department
Laura Pavone .... color assistant
Gordon Pratt .... digital film bureau
Aurora Shannon .... color assistant
Aurora Shannon .... home video mastering colorist
Laurent Treherne .... digital intermediate technologist
Russell White .... digital conform assistant
Lisa Jordan .... facility director: LipSync Post (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Alexandre Bloch .... location assistant
Jeremy Chalon .... location assistant (as Jérémy Chalon)
Costia Dufour .... location assistant
Lionel Guerrini .... location scout
Mathieu Laemlé .... location scout
Karine Petite .... location manager
Colombe Savignac .... location scout
 
Music Department
Mark Bousie .... musician: accordion
Sandy Burnett .... musician: bass
Michael Coates .... musician: tenor sax
Mark Crooks .... musician: alto sax
Freddie Gavita .... musician: solo trumpet
Rael Jones .... music editor
Jeff Lardner .... musician: drums
Tim Sutton .... assistant to composer
Tim Sutton .... musician: piano & guitars
Gary Thomas .... music recordist
Tom Walsh .... musician: trumpet 2
Dave Warren .... musician: guitar
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Ronchin .... tracking vehicles: Ciné Cascade International
 
Other crew
Mark Addis .... consultant (as Professor Mark Addis)
Emma Annetts .... choreographer
Carles Berot .... trailer and versions producer: advertising and promotions
Tonia Cohen .... clearance services: Capello Media Solutions
Pauline Colin .... assistant to producer: Le Bureau
Sara Curran .... production legal services
Matt Curtis .... title designer
Robin Davies .... production coordinator: UK
Maxine Davis .... production accountant
Ben Dawes .... production assistant
Virginie Decarra .... production coordinator: France
Anne Degremont .... accountant: France (as Anne Degrémont)
Harry Dixon .... legal and business affairs: Filma
Gabrielle Dumon .... assistant to producer: Le Bureau
Lizzie Francke .... senior production and development executive: BFI
Vincent Gadelle .... business affairs: Le Bureau
Hugo Grumbar .... worldwide sales: Embankment Films
Tim Haslam .... worldwide sales: Embankment Films
Paul Hillier .... insurance: Robertson Taylor
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Cate Kane .... acquisitions executive: Curzon Film World
Ian Kirk .... head of production finance: BFI
Sam Lavender .... head of development: Filma
Sharon Lee .... worldwide sales: Embankment Films
Pierre Legendre .... daily location assistant
Charles McDonald .... publicist
Gerardine O'Flynn .... production finance manager: Filma
Jonathaon Perchal .... head of legal and business affairs: Curzon Film World
Ben Roberts .... director of film fund: BFI
Jean-Baptiste Rogez .... daily location assistant
Romain Vignau .... daily location assistant
Katie Villarino .... worldwide sales: Embankment Films
Jane Webster .... artist in residence
Ben Wilkinson .... business affairs manager: BFI
Eva Yates .... development editor: Filma
 
Thanks
Hugo Grumbar .... thanks
Sharon Lee .... thanks
Maite Villarino Vicente .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some sexual content
Runtime:
93 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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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Movie Connections:
References Band of Outsiders (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
Apres MoiSee more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Film Review: Le Week-End/ www.nightfilmreviews.com, 4 April 2014
Author: lucasnochez from Canada

Oh Paris, je t'aime!

What do you get when you mix the influence of French new wave director Jean-Luc Godard, the acting talents of Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, the sturdy direction of Roger Michell and poised writing of Hanif Kureishi? What feels like the unofficial fourth entry to the Before Sunrise independent film trilogy, Le Week-End is a film that could easily be mistaken as the extended look at the lives of Jesse and Celine, years after their fateful meeting in Vienna.

There is something exquisite and magical with films set in Paris, a city that is most commonly known as the 'city of love'. And although Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick Burroughs (Jim Broadbent) choose to revisit Paris after thirty years of marriage and re-live their honeymoon after a long and challenging life together, things don't exactly go how each of them planned. Instead, what surfaces is a film budding with sophistication, film history, and bittersweet revelations that showcase a world of fading lovers and seasoned couples.

Le Week-End is a film set in the fine wine capital of the world. Surrounded by couples holding hands, sharing moments of pure love and wonder, Meg and Nick have some serious marital issues to face, but instead decide to lather over them with the spectacular sights and sounds of the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine and upper-class dining and accommodations. Both highly irritated with each other's approach to life, their children and their relationship as a whole, Meg and Nick use the vacation as a means to reconnect. However, the couple unexpectedly run-into one of Nick's former student's and now renown author Morgan (Jeff Goldblum). Morgan invites Meg and Nick to a dinner party to celebrate the release of Morgan's latest literary achievement. However, Meg and Nick get a lot more than just dinner among friends, and instead their evening turns into a plethora of ultimatums and heartfelt realities.

The grand beauty of Le Week-End lies in the chemistry between Broadbent and Duncan. As two educators in their own sense, Nick a university professor and Meg a teacher, the two honeymooners surely belong to a class of people who are in constant pursuit of life experiences. Sadly, the couple, who have lived their lives catering to the needs of others, can't seem to get rid of their overly mature son, who has found his way back to basement of their home. Torn between what is right and what is necessary, Nick and Meg's parental approach is clearly outlined in the short snippets of calls Nick receives from their son. Thankfully, the heart of Le Week-End is easily found, not in the commentary of parenting, but in the depth of fleeting love, and Duncan and Broadbent share a hate to love for one another that could only be seen in some of the misunderstood, post modern works of European artists almost sixty years prior.

Meg and Nick use their thirty year wedding anniversary as a muse towards re-connecting. Meg, seeing the vacation as a 'last chance at love' for her and her husband, adopts a very go with the flow, careless attitude towards their spending and experiences in the Parisian city. Early on, it is clear that Nick is the money saver and principle earner in the relationship. While Nick sees Paris as an escape from their mundane lives in Birmingham, he also sees it as an opportunity to indulge in a weekend filled with romance and wild, kinky sex with his gorgeous wife–whom he still very much loves and longs for. Meg on the other hand is mostly repulsed with her husband, describing him as "making her blood boil like no body else'. Where Nick replies that that indeed is "the sign of a deep connection". Essentially, life happens. For every good, there is a bad, for every high, there is a low. Le Week-End showcases these highs and lows, few and far between.

While the couple travels together, they are mostly a duo of outsiders with one another. From the moment we meet the rambunctious Meg and patient Nick, we experience a dialogue between two people who are lost in translation, although, some how, both individuals find themselves speaking the same language. The witty screenplay by Kureishi (an author whose novel The Buddha of Suburbia was a novel I read in University) allows the internal thoughts of the characters to be read easily by the viewers and allow the actions of our characters to speak volumes. A city roaming with mimes, colourful characters and whacky personas, Meg and Nick find themselves lusting for the city of Paris to revive their emotions and expectations of one another.

It may not seem it, but aside from the fury and disagreements that Meg and Nick deal with, Le Week-End reminds viewers that "love is the only interesting thing" left in life, especially when you reach the age of our cinematic specimens. The answer may be love, but the factors determining this answer are the tools for the equation. Luckily for Michell, his lead couple is a pair of talented actors who devour their characters, expelling a familiarity of relationship woes between long-term couples and deteriorating lovers. Broadbent offers a special variation of the typical, artistic, working class Englishman. Full of well-upholstered manners, true English nuances and faint hints of British humour, he uses all of these subtle character traits to bring to life the habitual sexual urges of a man who has waited long enough to touch his naturally ageing, beautiful wife.

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