Film review: Le Week-End

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Ashley Wadhwani, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

“It’s not love, it’s like being arrested.”

Image courtesy of Curzon Film World

Image courtesy of Curzon Film World

Le Week-End is a unique portrayal of an older couple’s love that has lost its rhythm and become bitter. Deciding to visit Paris for their 30th anniversary to see what can be fixed, Meg, played by Lindsay Duncan, and Nick, played by Jim Broadbent, share a realistic portrayal of a marriage in need of rejuvenation.

The beautiful scenery of Paris, including a scene looking at the Eiffel Tower from the balcony of their very expensive hotel, was mesmerizing while also setting a contrast between the beautiful city and the comedic bitterness between Meg and Nick.

Meg is a youthful-at-heart, free spirited school teacher who wants more from life that she isn’t receiving from her regular routine. Nick is a traditional man and college professor with unfortunate anxiety when it comes to spending money. Nick has a deep love for Meg, but while he has the troubles of communicating how much he loves and needs Meg, she has the troubles of knowing what she wants at this point in her life.

Directed by Roger Michell, the entire movie uses camera angles and scene decisions to complement the script instead of relying on a lot of speaking throughout the movie to move the plot along. This does not mean the script lacks richness or quality, but in fact allows for the reoccurring use of one-liners to have their optimal impact.

It doesn’t take long to realize the problems Meg and Nick are trying to fix are being undermined and under exaggerated by Nick. This is clearly emphasized through the scene on the stairs in an apartment building, where they are going to a party being hosted by one of Nick’s old friends, Morgan, played by Jeff Goldblum.

After an argument, Meg says that “love dies,” with a quick response of, “only if you kill it,” from Nick.

This banter, sometimes witty and other times serious, shares irony because the audience can see they both love each other, but just do not know how to say it or see it.

Although Le Week-End is a tale of a demographic older than typical romantic dramadies, it’s still relatable in the sense that relationship problems are often ageless. The film shares the light-hearted theme that real love does not end, and explores how even though marriages can often become all routine, the love has not died.