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An ‘elegiac’ portrait of a married couple

Undated Film Still Handout from Le Week-End. Pictured: Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Premier.  WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Undated Film Still Handout from Le Week-End. Pictured: Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent. See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Premier. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

Life begins and also falls apart at 60 in the cinematic collaborations of director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette).

In 2003, they sensitively explored the spiky issue of romance across the generational divide between grandmother (Anne Reid) and her grown-up daughter’s hunky beau (Daniel Craig) in The Mother.

There was a similar lightness of touch in the Oscar nominated 2006 film, Venus, in which a septuagenarian thesp (Peter O’Toole) gets a twinkle in his eye around his twenty-something carer (Jodie Whittaker).

Laughter and heartbreak walk hand in clammy hand in Michell and Kureishi’s latest confection, Le Week-end, an elegiac portrait of a married couple testing the robustness of their relationship during a celebratory weekend in Paris.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, who played onscreen spouses in the 2006 TV movie Longford, spare themselves and each other few blushes as the husband and wife, who have watched their brood fly the nest.

They must now contemplate spending their twilight years solely in each other’s company.

 

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