Le Week-End

This idiosyncratic gem from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell (the filmmaking duo behind The Mother and Venus) felt like a ful

This idiosyncratic gem from last year’s Toronto International Film Festival from writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell (the filmmaking duo behind The Mother and Venus) felt like a fully realized backstory for an episode that was edited out of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Nick (Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsay Duncan), a British couple in crisis, jump at the chance to return to Paris for a second honeymoon in order to save their marriage, but it becomes obvious that there are layers and layers of complications and hurt a mere weekend’s worth of possible pleasure could never obscure. Le Week-End features a typically well-oiled snake charming performance from Jeff Goldblum as an old (and far more successful) friend of Nick and Meg’s, yet this truly adult drama, with a dash of comedy, proves to be a far more exotic destination because of the intimate interplay between Broadbent (possibly recognized more as a character than an actor — and I mean that as a high compliment) and Duncan. Opens April 18 at Mariemont Theatre. (R) Grade: B+

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