Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent in Le Week-End (2013)

Le Longue Week-End

Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan) have been married for many years with their children having grown up and started families of their own. But for a few years now the romance has gone from their relationship and so to try to rekindle what they once had they return to Paris, where they spent their honeymoon in the hope it will rejuvenate their faltering marriage.

On paper "Le Week-End" sounds like a bit of charming fun, an older couple head to Paris to recapture the magic of their crumbling marriage and acting a bit irresponsibly in the process. Throw in Jim Broadbent at his bumbling best whilst Lindsay Duncan brings the more serious tones of a woman who needs to move on from a relationship which is dead for her. But at the same time it sounds like a movie which on top of trying to be fun also deals with the dark undertones of lives which are breaking apart and how the possibility of a marriage being over affects the people involved.

But sadly on paper "Le Week-End" is better than the end product which once in a while hits the humour and every now and then gets the darkness but for the most just kind of drones on in a state of nothingness as the characters talk but say nothing of interest. Maybe those who are of the characters generation and are dealing with their own slow marital death will be able to empathise with the characters and the story but I question whether they will connect to some of the pretentious and mind numbing dialogue.

What this all boils down to is that "Le Week-End" ended up not the movie I expected it to be and sadly ended up one of those movies which the longer it went on the more tedious and boring it became.