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>>
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Jim Broadbent stars as a former 60s radical awash in self-pity.