On a Friday, you have to hope your weekend ahead will be better than that of Nick and Meg Burrows, the central characters in Roger Michell’s new film, Le Week-end. Even stars such as Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan struggle to find much light in the darkness of its plot.
The film finds the long-suffering couple returning to Paris for their 30th anniversary. Nick’s booked them into the same hotel they stayed in on their honeymoon. But it’s changed – and not for the better.
They decamp to another, more upmarket hotel, but it doesn’t improve their moods much.
The pair continue to rub along in a prickly manner until Jeff Goldblum finally appears – arguably too late in the film – to shake things up a bit. His character, Morgan, once lived in Nick’s shadow. Now, however, he’s a successful author with a lovely young wife and a beautiful home.
The contrast with Nick and Meg’s hum-drum life in couldn’t be starker.
There are plenty of upsides to this film, including a script by Hanif Kureishi and finely tuned performances by both the leading actors. You just wouldn’t want your own weekend to be like theirs.
Well, except for spending it in Paris, of course.