Opening March 21st in Toronto,Vancouver and Montreal, the international hit film “Le Week-end” offers audiences something they don’t often get: an honest look at a marriage thirty odd years in – long after the “I do” that ends most Hollywood films. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Roger Michell (Notting Hill), the film stars the inimitable Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as a long married couple who travel to Paris – the magical “City of Lights” – for their wedding anniversary. During a two-day escapade, they careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of a lifetime of deep tenderness, powerful love — and a few regrets. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), a wildcard American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage could still become.
Le Week-end has already become a runaway box office smash hit in the UK and Australia, charming audiences and critics alike – and now it comes to Canada with exclusive engagements in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. It’s been described it as “perfect joy…funny, bittersweet and about important stuff…”, a film that “captures Paris in all its sensuous delight.” Importantly, it’s also a film that “will resonate with anyone who’s been married a while.” The secret? While most Hollywood fare is silly, unrealistic fare aimed at 20-somethings, Le Week-end dares to tackle the details of what marriage is really like after many years – that is, filled with both incredible shared memories, and disappointments and petty squabbles. (Of course, if you are going to take stock of your marriage like Nick and Meg – then you might as well do it while taking in the sights of Paris, one of the most spectacular and romantic cities in the world!)
It’s not just the film’s witty and intelligent look at marriage that has charmed audiences. The cast absolutely lights up the screen in roles that it seems they were meant to play. Jim Broadbent has long been one of the UK’s most beloved and acclaimed thespians, well known from roles in films like Moulin Rouge!, Gangs of New York, and Harry Potter. Lindsay Duncan, well known for roles in Under the Tuscan Sun and Alice in Wonderland, has also never been better than as the still gorgeous but slightly discontent Meg – and she has just been awarded the British Independent Film Awards’ Best Actress prize. And Jeff Goldblum delights in his pivotal role as their witty, mischievous American friend – a role that makes great use of the actor’s talents and calls to mind his great roles in films like The Big Chill, Jurassic Park and The Fly.
And Paris has never looked more breathtaking than as filmed by acclaimed director Michell. As Nick and Meg roam around the town, taking in famous landmarks and quaint cafes, it feels as if you are right there with them- you can almost taste the Parisian wine and cheese.
Next weekend, get away to Paris – with Le Week-end, and be the first to tell your friends about this magical cinema experience!