Le Weekend (15)

Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are superb actors who manage, in this film, to persuade the audience that they have been together for thirty years.  During a weekend in Paris to ‘celebrate’ this achievement, they go through an arc of questioning why they are still together, flirting with other possibilities and finally finding their connection with, and love for, each other.  There is not a trace of sentimentality in the film; instead it is both very real and also quirky, with a great screen play by Hanif Kureishi.  In his younger years, he gave us his adolescent experiences in Buddha of Suburbia; in middle age, he gives us his reflections on what happens in long-term relationships and how to keep them alive.

The film and its performances have already been honoured.  Lindsay Duncan won Best Actress, the film won Best British Independent Film and Hanif Kureishi won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards and Jim Broadbent won Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

For Mark Kermode’s review in the Observer

For more information about cast and crew, etc

March 25th 7.30 to 9.05 pm

2013 UK

Director: Roger Michell

Stars: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum