Le Week-End


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Past masters at films about randy old-timers (The Mother, Venus), writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell bring sharp, wry subtleties to their latest portrait of age and desire.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan nail its nuances as Nick and Meg, academic spouses who both brawl and bond on a 30th-anniversary Parisian trip; he seems needy, she’s cold, but they’re both human enough to become likeable despite their extremes.

The plot is thin but both the marriage and film come alive in little details so absorbing and acutely observed that even Jeff Goldblum’s ‘Look at meeee!’ cameo can’t steal the show.

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