So, rubiesandduels is usually found extolling the virtues of art-house, independents and the subtitled, but, my secret weakness for anything Jim Broadbent appears in, sent me off to see ” Le Weekend “.
The film knows who its target audience is, almost half the seats were taken up by people who could easily have been friends, neighbors and colleagues of the 50 somethings played by Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan.
A romantic week end in Paris is by turn funny, touching and painfully honest, a truthful look at the lives of those of us who somehow thought it would all be better than it turned out and find ourselves in jobs that feel increasingly meaningless, with mildly disappointing adult children and a sense that life has not delivered on our early promise.
The film is a meditation and finally, a celebration of those long marriages and the strategies we use to survive them and is brutally honest about sex and the older woman, but with a light and delicate touch.
And so good to see an actor actually allowed to look her age, Duncan is hot and attractive, but looks the way many of us do now, a little faded, a little plumper, but still the absolute object of desire for Broadbent.
It’s a “little” film and non the worse for it.