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Le Week-end: Marriage, warts and all

Le Week-end is a new film by Notting Hill director Roger Michel: a portrait of a 30-year relationship that shows love isn’t always smooth sailing.

Le Week-end is a new film by Notting Hill director Roger Michel: a portrait of a 30-year relationship that shows love isn’t always smooth sailing.

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan star in Le-Weekend, the story of a British couple who return to Paris – the city where they spent their honeymoon – to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

It’s a realistic portrait of married life that eschews misty-eyed sentimentality to show the bickering, boredom and frustrations that arise in loving relationships.

The film’s intelligent screenplay is by Hanif Kureishi, who collaborated with Michel on The Mother (2003) and Angel (2006) – two more sensitive films that dealt with the experience of growing older.

Tom Brook speaks to the film’s stars and to Roger Michel, to discuss creating a believable relationship on screen  – and how the spirit of French New Wave films like Goddard’s Breathless looms large over the film.  

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