Laughter and heartbreak walk hand in clammy hand in ‘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 star as Nick and Meg the husband and wife, who have watched their brood fly the nest and must now contemplate spending their twilight years solely in each other’s company.
Festivities start on a sour note when the two-star hotel that Nick has chosen turns out to be a dog-eared vision in beige.
Walks around arrondissements are accompanied by occasional bickering and one evening, the couple cross paths with Nick’s university pal Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), who invites them to a dinner party.
Pacing meanders like Nick and Meg during their sojourn, and the narrative diversion with Goldblum and his neglected son (Olly Alexander) doesn’t ring entirely true.
Yet the raw emotional honesty of Broadbent and Duncan shines through this fleeting fog of contrivance.
Le Week-End (15, 93 mins) Drama/Romance/Comedy is out now.