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Caught somewhere between the dialogue-rich, European snapshots of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy and the deep humanism and leisurely beats of a Mike Leigh drama, Le Week-End is a splendid, albeit salty look at two septuagenarians spending a few days in Paris to mark their 30th anniversary. The man is Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent), a weary college professor recently sacked from his teaching post. The woman is Meg (Lindsay Duncan), who wants to retreat from her dogged husband and find her own freedom. The couple ventures through the City of Love over three days of happiness and misery, as we wonder how their love will end up – faded away or reinvigorated?
Nick is still deeply in love with Meg, who has aged gracefully and has not lost the vigor or figure of a much younger woman. She knows that she controls him with an icy grip and that he will »
- Jordan Adler
For aging, married academics Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), romance doesn’t come so easy anymore in Roger Michell’s wise and often very funny anti-rom-com Le Week-end. They jet off to Paris to recapture some of the spirit of their initial honeymoon 30 years before. But the trip is miserable from the start. She refuses to stay in the hotel from the honeymoon, sickened by its beige paint job. They check into a place far too expensive for their budget and enjoy the view of the Eiffel Tower, but little magic is rekindled with Meg, who is especially uninterested […] »
- Brandon Harris
Le Week-End is a marital disintegration–reintegration drama that opens with a dose of frost and vinegar and turns believably sweet—and unbelievably marvelous, in light of what had seemed a depressing trajectory. Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play an aging, not-affluent British couple grabbing a fast weekend in Paris. Their tatty hotel appalls her so much she impulsively checks into a luxury one—which appalls her husband, who has yet to reveal he was forced to resign his professorship over a run-in with a student. He would like to touch her, but she quivers with displeasure when he tries. (“I’m a phobic object,” he concludes.) The not-so-sub subtext is that love doesn’t last. She sees his weakness and inability to get out of himself and truly care for her; he sees a still-beautiful woman who’s moving beyond his grasp.Hanif Kureishi wrote it, Roger Michell directed »
- David Edelstein
This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.With fest-circuit hit "Le Week-End," Brit director Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") returns to his home turf after several limp Hollywood outings ("Morning Glory," "Hyde Park on Hudson"). He directs writer Hanif Kureishi's sharp, acutely observed romantic comedy about a 60ish couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) hoping to liven up their marriage with an anniversary celebration in Paris, where they honeymooned 30 years before. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
Meant to Be Spent Alone: Michell’s Latest a Welcome Return to Quality Filmmaking
After a pair of mainstream Us misfires, South African born director Roger Michell returns to the UK for his latest film, Le Week-End, a portrait of a married heterosexual couple after thirty years of marriage that is as moving as it is engaging and astute. Enhanced by a pair of performances from a melancholy Jim Broadbent and an incredibly prickly yet gloriously acerbic Lindsay Duncan, Michell once again utilizes the strengths of screenwriter Hanif Kureishi and creates a visual journey out of what is, mostly, a sparring of contradictory wills through a series of well written dialogues. Though best known for his 1999 Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant starrer, Notting Hill, his latest ranks with his other top tier titles like The Mother and Venus.
Deciding to celebrate their 30th anniversary in Paris, university professor Nick (Broadbent) and »
- Nicholas Bell
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
Fans of the surreal brainteasers of mid-period Cronenberg and Lynch will dig Denis Villeneuve’s puzzle-box thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a professor who discovers his doppelgänger and falls down a psychological rabbit hole. The film is long on mood and mystery. It also just feels long. Still, its Wtf ending is so insane you’ll forgive almost anything. B —Chris Nashawaty
R, 1 Hr., 30 Mins.
You could say that Kurt Russell, as the ringleader of a robbery of priceless religious texts, is jaunty and appealing. You could »
- EW staff
Thus the City of Lights becomes a proving ground in Le Week-End, where Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play an aging middle-class British couple quarreling away their anniversary, running the relationship through all manner of weapons-testing.
Soon enough arrives the potential doomsday machine of Jeff Goldblum, in a fine display of Goldblumage, as the Broadbent character's eccentric and comparatively well-off Cambridge classmate. As articulated by these savvy players, the intimate scenario exemplifies what a recent Guardian profile of Kureishi described as "a characterist »
It is the August of their lives, and elderly couple Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) are absolutely lost. They’re attempting to go on holiday, during what we’re to imagine is one of the quietest moments in their shared life. The abrasiveness of Meg’s jokes suggests that things were never going well between the two, but they were at least “going.” Now, in one of the harsher exchanges of “Le Week-End,” Meg considers Nick’s hugs to make her feel like she’s being “arrested.” He humors her because, why shouldn’t he? Nick doesn’t have to say anything, but Broadbent’s eyes are enough to convey that this woman is all he has. Roger Michell’s new film gains traction by observing Broadbent’s hangdog features. No one in contemporary film conveys quite as much sadness as Broadbent does when he looks up, his »
- Gabe Toro
Welcome, beloved guest-to-be. Upon your check-in to The Grand Budapest Hotel on Friday, you might meet a very important attorney that goes by the name of Deputy Kovacs, who is played by Jeff Goldblum in Wes Anderson’s new caper about friendship, honor, and promises fulfilled. This week, Wamg and a few members of the press sat down (in a roundtable discussion) with Goldblum to talk about the working with Anderson, upcoming projects, and memes. Check it out below!
The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars; and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis; and the sweetest confection of a love affair — all »
- Melissa Howland
★★★☆☆ Upholding the current vogue of films both targeted at an older tier of cinemagoers and depicting the romantic ups and downs of characters in their autumn years, Le Week-End (2013) sees director Roger Michell teaming up once more with screenwriter Hanif Kureishi for another witty and jaggedly charming gander at identity and the processes of maturing somewhat gracefully. Two of their previous collaborations have focused on older characters reaching something of an impasse - from Anne Reid's impassioned grandmother in The Mother (2003) to the late Peter O'Toole's twinkly-eyed pensioner in Venus (2006).
- CineVue UK
Wolf Creek 2 was the victor over Lone Survivor, but not by a huge margin. Greg Mclean.s horror movie inspired by the Ivan Milat backpacker murders rang up $1.68 million, and $1.7 million with previews.
A sizable hit in the Us, the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survivor raked in $1.48 million, $1.53 million with sneaks. It will be fascinating to see where these two male-skewed films finish up, considering Lone Survivor.s takings trailed the Australian film on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but overtook it on Sunday.
The first Wolf Creek pulled in $1.23 million in its opening in 2005 and ended up with $6.1 million, an unusually strong multiple of five times the first weekend.
Overall it was a dreary weekend as nationwide grosses slumped by 19% to $9.9 million. »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Le Week-end Music Box Films Director: Roger Michell Screenplay: Hanif Kureishi Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 2/19/14 Opens: March 14, 2014 When you see people who have just come back from a vacation, you ask, “How was your trip?” Did you ever hear someone say, “Ok, I guess, but there were so many hassles—customs, overcharges, bad weather, generally miserable time come to think of it.” Not a chance. “Great time, fabulous weather, can’t wait to go back.” After seeing Roger Michell’s “Le Weekend,” his fourth collaboration with scripter Hanif Kureishi, you’ll be discussing the weekend holiday taken by Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent) and [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Submarine Entertainment just sold the rights for "Watchers of the Sky" to Music Box Films. Edet Belzberg's documentary about the life of lawyer Raphael Lemkin premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Belzberg stated, "I'm honored to have such notable partners to help bring the film's important story of courage and perseverance to audiences around the world." "'Watchers of the Sky' is... a story replete with ticking clocks, heinous villains, the collusion of apathy, intrepid heroes, provisional victories and ultimately a clear-eyed but hopeful sense of human progress" said Ed Arentz and William Schopf of Music Box Films. "These narrative threads are brilliantly orchestrated by Edet Belzberg and we expect Us audiences, including Academy voters, to be as rapt and moved as we were." Upcoming titles from Music Box Films include Roger Michell's "Le Week-end" starring Jim Broadbent, and five-time Academy Award nominee Jan Troell’s "The Last Sentence. »
- Taylor Lindsay
For an ostensible Everyman, Tom Hanks has a performer's hunger to please that has shone through some of his most stoic roles. That eagerness, however, is suspended to marvellous effect in Paul Greengrass's titanium-tough tension exercise Captain Phillips (Sony, 12), in which Hanks plays the real-life skipper of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates with nothing to lose. Emotionally bare and physically distressed, Hanks looks palpably out of his depth, and the result is his best performance – unlucky not to receive one of the film's six Oscar nominations. (Riveting newcomer Barkhad Abdi, playing the invading captain, was more fortunate.) It's a formidable fist of a film, yet not even the best Somali pirate thriller of 2013 – happily, its remarkable Danish twin A Hijacking is available on Blinkbox, »
- Guy Lodge
Written by British author Hanif Kureishi and directed by Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love), Le Week-End (2013) is a witty, poignant, honest and intelligent relationship drama strictly for grown-ups, starring Jim Broadbent, Bifa winner Lindsay Duncan and Jeff Goldblum. To celebrate the DVD and the Blu-ray release of Le Week-End on Monday 10 February, we have Three DVD copies of Michell's Parisian promenade to give away to our loyal army of followers, courtesy of our friends at UK distributors Curzon Film World. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
The 37th Portland International Film Festival runs this year from February 6th to the 22nd. They’re screening 104 feature films and 24 shorts across those two weeks from countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Iceland, Nepal, and Taiwan. Check out the official site for tickets and/or more details. My fourth look at this year’s crop of international titles features three films concerned with love and sex in modern day Paris, but while two of the three are French films the third is a UK production set in the city of lights. Just a Sigh follows a Parisian actress whose rough day is complicated by a chance meeting and flickers of emotion between strangers. The second French film, Francois Ozon’s Young and Beautiful, concerns a teenager whose budding sexuality leads to a brief career as a call girl. Finally, Notting Hill director Roger Michell sends a couple to Paris for their 30th anniversary, but »
- Rob Hunter
We seem to be experiencing a bit of a renaissance of delightful romantic comedies about old people finding a way to rekindle their magic. You won't find us complaining about it, either. We're a sucker for a good rom-com, and the age of the couple in question doesn't matter. If anything, the older the couple, the sweeter the romance (see Enough Said for last year's great example of this). Le Week-End is the latest in this lovely subgenre, and it stars Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas, Another Year) and Lindsay Duncan (Mansfield Park, About Time) as a British couple who decide to re-create their honeymoon in Paris. While there, an old friend (Jeff Goldblum) helps them discover new sides of themselves. It was written by Hanif Kureishi (Venus, The Mother), directed by...
- Peter Hall
Hanif Kureishi's muse has long been transgression: dazzling early success was followed by a sex-and-drugs phase, family falling-out and a lacerating novel about marital breakdown. Now, with The Last Word, has he finally pinned down who he really is?
The first time I met Hanif Kureishi it was the mid-80s, and we talked about writing fiction for Faber and Faber whose list I was directing. Kureishi came into my office like a rock star and I remember thinking that he did not seem in need of a career move. He was already riding high on the international success of his screenplay, My Beautiful Laundrette.
In fact, Kureishi was cannily pondering his next step. He was on the lookout for a means of self-expression that might sustain a way of life and over which he could have some control. Movies, he said, were chancy, a gold-rush business. There was »
- Robert McCrum
The adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli's novels centres around a roguish art dealer (Depp) who is on the hunt for a stolen painting that holds the code to a bank account full of Nazi gold.
Platt already has five projects arriving this year including Chef and Kill the Messenger.
Mortdecai has already wrapped shooting in London and is now moving to Los Angeles.
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With the first burst of shooting on art world action comedy Mortdecai now complete after a stint in London, director David Koepp and star Johnny Depp are starting the next leg in Los Angeles, and have added Jeff Goldblum, Aubrey Plaza and Oliver Platt to the line-up.The film, adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli’s three-book anthology by Eric Aronson, finds Depp playing Charles Mortdecai, a good-for-nothing art dealer and rogue. He’s in the middle of a race to find a stolen painting that is rumoured to include the code to a lost bank account stuffed full of loot stolen by the Nazis. Sounds like a sequel to The Monuments Men!Mortdecai represents Depp reuniting with Koepp, with the pair hoping for more success than their last collaboration, Secret Window. While there is no word on which characters Goldblum, Plaza and Platt are portraying, they’re joining a cast that already includes Gwyneth Paltrow, »
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