Le Week-end (Un week-end à Paris) 3.0 stars

Le Week-end (Un week-end à Paris) movie poster

Ain't no "will they or won't they" like a "will they or won't they" about a couple of Brits (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) spending a weekend in Paris, precisely 30 years after their honeymoon visit to the City of Light. It turns out the problem with going on vacation with that one special someone is that you wind up spending all of your time together, and all the touristing in the world may not be enough to distract you from the realities that entails. He just wants to love her; she isn't sure he knows what that means. And there are so many disappointments to ponder, sore spots to poke, and frustrations to air as you stroll among the sights and survey the menus! And yet, something fine endures - has endured, anyway. Jeff Goldblum oils up the screen as an old school chum who provides the occasion for all these minor crises to demand something approaching a grand resolution. Roger Michell's direction tends toward the sumptuous and soft, but Hanif Kureishi's script provides plenty of acetic severity as counterpoint. 2014.

Matthew Lickona

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