Date Screened: 27th January 2014


A married couple revisit Paris for a weekend to revitalise their marriage, where they run into an old friend who acts as a catalyst for things to come. Le Week-End is a funny and poignant story about the nature of love and commitment where husband and wife both yearn to recapture their youthful fearlessness.

DIRECTOR: Roger Michell

Jim Broadbent , Lindsay Duncan , Jeff Goldblum

RUNNING TIME: 93 minutes


COUNTRY: United Kingdom

BBFC RATING: 15 (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 80%

Official Trailer


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Le Week-End is about an interesting subject, a subject that is the elephant in the living room – or rather the elephant on the Saga holiday, the elephant on the grey-pound world cruise, the elephant thoughtfully sucking the Werther’s Original – and that is the emotional and sexual lives of old or older people, who generally don’t get to appear much on movies or television … Click here for the full review
This is a beautifully executed, fearlessly truthful and droll film on the emotional politics of reinvention, which takes Kureishi’s long-term collaboration with Roger Michell (The Buddha of Suburbia, The Mother, Venus) to new heights … Click here for the full review

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Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are a couple of one-time radicals on a 30th-anniversary second honeymoon in Paris, where the lifelong tensions between his avuncular denialism and her prickly impetuousness snap dramatically, and humorously … Click here for the full review and rating
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan’s ageing English couple travel to Paris to reinvigorate their marriage, only to bicker their way down the Champs-Élysées as travel troubles give way to long-held resentments. Jeff Goldblum adds oily charm as an old friend randomly encountered, but it’s Broadbent who dominates … Click here for the full review and rating

Le Week-end is a small film in some ways – its ambitions are all in the fineness of the grain rather than the scope of the horizon – but it’s a warm and satisfying one. And it proves again that films made for grown-ups can be more nimble-footed and fresh-faced than anything aimed at the youth market … Click here for the full review