Le Week-end

Le Week-end

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Long-married British couple Nick and Meg are revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship. Diffident, wistful Nick and demanding, take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness, and even deeper regret. An invitation from Nick's old friend Morgan, an amusingly eccentric American academic, soon leads them to a hopeful vision of what their marriage might still become
ISBN: 9780109316400
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
digital,optical,stereo,Dolby Digital 2.0
widescreen (2.35:1),24 fps
video file,DVD video
Alternative Title: Weekend
Other Standard Identifier: 741360538450


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Oct 27, 2018

Yes, it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable-making at the beginning, but absolutely excellent by the time it ended. Overall, the most intelligently scripted film we've seen in a long time. Brilliant acting from the wonderfully-cast Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, and Jeff Goldblum.

Sep 10, 2018

Lindsay Duncan has eyes so cold at times that she is terrifying. And yet Jim Broadbent's character adores her. I borrowed this dvd because of Jeff Goldblum and expected something light. The way the two protagonists talk to each other is not mere squabbling. The alternating scenes of relative fun with painful confrontations are believable but hard to watch. I suspect that at the end of their Paris trip these two will return to their old, familiar dysfunctional patterns. The brutal, abandoned wife and son storyline highlights the folly of the older man with a new wife.

Mar 02, 2018

Painful to watch. Gave up halfway. Even with those two excellent actors, the film fell flat.

We gave up on it. So repetitive. They bicker and she hurts him, physically and mentally. He hurts her mentally. They make up. Then they start over. Lots of eating and bickering.

Oct 18, 2017

Didn't finish it - hope they got to wherever it was they thought they were heading. If you have been married to a good period of time you will relate to the jabs and her frustration of everything revolving around him. She wants a new start and he is quite comfortable - thank you very much. The sights of Paris are wonderful - Jeff Goldblum is always odd.

Oct 16, 2017

This movie is hilarious--I literally missed about a third of the lines because I was laughing so hard. Serial monogamists will not get the jokes, as they refer to what people put up with when you are in it for the long haul: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This movie is for people who already know that there is no such thing as Mr or Mrs Right, no one is perfect and no one actually lives "happily ever after"...because it isn't over until you are dead. I could have dispensed with the revolting mis-matched sexualities--speaking of Ugly--but the pair-bonded tenderness of two people who cannot live without each other made up for a lot.

Jeff Goldblum's character of the annoying, loud, successful american who brutally left his wife and children in the middle of the night in search of "True Love" serves as a contrast to the at-times reluctant fidelity of the Old Married Couple. We've all known men like him, who turn up married to some fresh-faced, pregnant younger replacement who foolishly thinks she's hit the jackpot with her romantic fella. The drunken, pot-smoking teenage son suffering alone in a dark room is the incarnation of the failures that the hopeless romantic hoped to leave behind--the price of romance. In contrast, the little insults and habitual cruelties of the Old Married Couple truly are a joke.

Sep 12, 2017

Not much in the way of laughs for a comedy. Mostly believable characters in unbelievable circumstances. Wife wants a new and exciting life of an empty nest-er; recently fired husband wants the kid to come home and fill the house with comfort. Goldblum, of course, ruined every scene he was in. This is probably only of interest to/understandable to people who have been married for forty years.

Apr 18, 2017

The main characters are so self absorbed and unlikeable - and unlikely in both words and actions - that it was hard to watch. They don't really "take stock" of their relationship but rather just continue enacting a painful co-dependency.

Nov 18, 2015

This is a story of what happens when you're white, intellectual, and too self absorbed to do anything other than alternately be mean/dependant on your spouse as you age.

wendybird Jul 23, 2015

While watching this film, I was keenly aware of the excellent acting, and beautiful setting. What I wrestled with was the accuracy and sometimes moments of painful honesty (or even cruelty) a long marriage may contain. I did actually turn off the film twice, saddened by the manner in which the pair sometimes spoke to each other. However, it is exceedingly well done, and you do feel you know this pair (and have hope for them) by the conclusion.

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Oct 05, 2014

Man: What are you thinking
at this moment?
Meg: The, um, situation
of a woman like me.
Boredom, dissatisfaction ... fury. And the clock ticking by.
Man: What a great thing.
Meg: What?
Man: To be so attuned to your own unhappiness.

Oct 05, 2014

Meg: I remembered something from the other day, when I was with a friend. And my phone rang. And, um. I spoke with the person. And at the end of the call, she said,
"Who was that? Was it your secret lover? You sounded so pleased to hear from them, and you kept laughing."
I was astonished. I said, "What do you mean? It was my husband."...it was my husband.


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