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Le Week-end (2013)

Le Week-End (original title)
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A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writer:

Hanif Kureishi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Duncan ... Meg
Jim Broadbent ... Nick
Igor Gotesman Igor Gotesman ... Montmartre Receptionist
Olivier Audibert Olivier Audibert ... Taxi Driver
Sophie-Charlotte Husson Sophie-Charlotte Husson ... Plaza Receptionist
Etienne Dalibert Etienne Dalibert ... Hotel Porter
Mauricette Laurence Mauricette Laurence ... Old Lady in Church
Gabriel Mailhebiau Gabriel Mailhebiau ... Chez Dumonet Waiter
Violaine Baccon Violaine Baccon ... Girl on motorbike
Damien Favreau Damien Favreau ... La Dame de Pic Maitre D.
Jeff Goldblum ... Morgan
Déborah Amsellem Déborah Amsellem ... Hotel Shop Assistant
Stéphane De Fraia Stéphane De Fraia ... Waiter at Morgan's Apartment
Brice Beaugier Brice Beaugier ... Robert Ertel
Charlotte Léo Charlotte Léo ... Dominique Ertel
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Storyline

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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Nick & Meg are returning to Paris for a second honeymoon... and a last chance. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Connections

References Band of Outsiders (1964) See more »

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Pink Moon
Music and lyrics by Nick Drake
Published by BMG Rights Management Ltd, a BMG Chrysalis Company ©1971
All rights reserved. Used with permission
Performed by Nick Drake
Courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
Under liscence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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A nod to Godard
13 February 2014 | by ferdinand1932See all my reviews

The premise of this piece should send a shudder into viewers. In fact it is handled quite well given the nature of the material, which, as some reviewers are aggrieved about, is not a bourgeois English experience of utter predictability.

It breaks the stereotype in two ways. It's a bitter experience for the two leads after years of marriage and still finding they care for each other through the layers of boredom. That friction adds something interesting, not great, but not entirely stale. The leads carry it well.

It also poaches some ideas from Godard's "Band a part" (The Outsiders). Well, so did Tarantino, and more obviously, but this is quote as the ending sequence makes plain as the man characters do the Madison from that film of the nouvelle vague.

It's a baby boomer experience to never grow old and Lindsay Duncan as Anna Karina, or Jim Broadbent as Sami Frey make a jarring, though amusing, nod to another time; a time which Anglo-Saxon audiences return again in French cinema.


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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,608, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$2,225,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,652,213
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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