Le Week-end | Chicago Reader

Le Week-end

As light entertainment for grown-ups, Le Week-End has a fair amount going for it: fine lead performances from Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, pleasant touristic views of Paris, and plenty of epigrammatic wit in the Noel Coward tradition. But fans of British screenwriter Hanif Kureishi will be seriously disappointed; this once-significant dramatist (My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid) seems to have run out of meaningful things to say. The central characters—two married sixtysomething professors trying to reignite their romance on a weekend trip to Paris—voice familiar baby boomer gripes about post-60s disillusionment and even more familiar gripes about aging. That's not necessarily a bad thing, except that Kureishi raises these stock concerns only to retreat into sentimentality and self-congratulation. Continue reading>>

Credits

Director:

  • Roger Michell

Cast:

  • Jim Broadbent
  • Lindsay Duncan
  • Jeff Goldblum
  • Olly Alexander
  • Brice Beaugier
  • Charlotte Léo
  • Xavier De Guillebon
  • Marie-France Alvarez
  • Denis Sebbah
  • Sébastien Siroux
  • Lee Michelsen
  • Judith Davis

Producers:

  • Philip Knatchbull
  • Sue Smith
  • Louisa Dent
  • Bertrand Faivre
  • Kevin Loader

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