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Le Week-end

Le Week-end: Nick (played by Jim Broadbent) and Meg (Lindsey Duncan) travel to Paris to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. We find out early on that the weekend is an attempt to also rekindle their relationship; there is a lot of bickering and alternating periods of distance and closeness. While it lacks the sharp dialog of Before Midnight, it is similar in format; Nick and Meg explore their feelings for each other after marriage, children, and careers. There is not really much of a plot; what is a joy is watching Broadbent and Duncan bring such depth to these two boomers on the brink of retirement who know each other so intimately and yet are strangers to each other in many ways. Thumbs up for a movie that I felt captured so authentically the lives and anxieties of two people facing a cross-road in older age. (2014; 3.5 Stars)

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