Sunday, March 30, 2014

Le Week-End (2013)

When I wrote about Before Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight, I said that I would like to see Jesse and Celine again in 10 years. Well, the British film Le Week-End, directed by Roger Michell and written by Hanif Kureishi, could easily be a continuation of Celine and Jesse's story.

Lindsay Duncan and Jim Broadbent are Meg and Nick. They have been married for a long time and they decide to return to the city of their honeymoon, Paris. We see them have fun while breaking certain rules, we see them argue and then make up; it feels like watching a real couple on a weekend getaway rather than watching actors. Movies that depict reality accurately make it easier for the viewer (me) to empathize with the characters and thus enjoy the entire experience a little more.

Jeff Goldblum is Morgan, an old acquaintance of Nick's. They haven't seen each other in years but Morgan runs into Meg and Nick in Paris. He is overly excited and invites them to a dinner party the next day. Morgan's character comes in to give a slightly comical dimension to the story, but also to make the main characters realize the value of their relationship (which they are starting to doubt). Morgan takes the plot a step further and helps Nick talk about everything that seems to be bothering him from the beginning of the movie. First, there is the great scene where Nick meets Morgan's son who also categorizes himself as a misfit. The son, played by Olly Alexander, comes in to reveal the collateral damage of his father's life choices. His discussion with Nick prepares the latter for the liberating mini-speech he will give instead of a toast later the same night. Morgan also acts as a deus ex machina when it's time for Meg and Nick to face the consequences of their actions towards the end of the movie.

All in all, Le Week-End is very interesting and the fact that it's set in Paris adds to its charm. 

 


p.s: Have you watched anything interesting lately? Do tell.

48 comments:

  1. δεν την έχω δει ,αλλά μου άρεσε η παρουσίαση...τωρα πάω να δω την ταινία ΝΩΕ....ελπίζω κάτι να αξιζει ,δεν προλαβα να διαβάσω τιποτα γι αυτην ,κάνω το χατηρι της κολλητης μου που θελει να τη δει....
    φιλάκια σινεφίλ Εύη!

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    1. Περιμενω την κριτικη σου για το Νωε! Εμενα καπως δε με τραβαν αυτες, εχω παει σε μερικες ετσι για την πλακα και το μετανιωσα.

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  2. Πολύ πολύ ενδιαφέρον!!
    Κι έχεις δίκιο θα μπορούσε να είναι η συνέχεια της τριλογίας!
    Καλή εβδομάδα Εύη μου φιλιά!!

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    1. Ναι δες τη, νομιζω πως θα σου αρεσει!

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  3. appreciate your blog kisses albert

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    1. Hello Albert, thank you again for your kind words!

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  4. Είναι από τις ταινίες που θα ήθελα να δω....
    Θα μπορούσε να είναι η συνέχεια από όσα διάβασα και είδα στο τρέιλερ!
    Καλή εβδομάδα!

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    1. Ευκολα! Και η πρωταγωνιστρια φερνει λιγο στη Julie Delpy! Καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσενα!

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  5. I have yet to see those films (and I even own one...) but now you have prompted me to do so!! Scott and I just watched Legends of the Fall (HOW SAD!!!) but I'm on a classic film kick right now. They are my favorite movies to watch, and as I type I have Mr. Smith Goes to Washington playing in the background :)

    Also, we are attempting a 100 top AFI films challenge - how many have you seen??

    Hope all is well!
    -Al

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    1. Ok, I just counted them; I've only seen 14! (Shame!!)

      When it comes to classic films, I have a tendency to choose Audrey Hepburn ones. Black and white really disorients me (if that makes any sense) so no matter how much praise they have received, I cannot easily bring myself to watch them. I think it's because I've already overdosed on Greek classic films (50s-70s) which were on TV all the time.

      Thank you for stopping by Al! Hope all is well with you too!

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    2. I haven't seen Le-Weekend or the Before series, but after reading the comments I did look up The AFI top 100 list of which I've watched about thirty. There are lots of black and white films amongst the ones I have seen, and funnily enough the film I watched last weekend was in black and white. The Ashphalt Jungle was a genuine 5 star classic, and featured an early appearance from Marilyn Monroe.
      Happy Thursday Evi!

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    3. Your movie suggestions are always very interesting Paul! I hadn't heard of The Asphalt Jungle before reading your comment. I usually stick to more modern movies. Maybe in the future my tastes will change as has happened with so many other things.

      Thank you for your comment and enjoy your weekend!

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  6. Την είχα βάλει στο μάτι αυτήν την ταινιούλα!

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    1. Αν τη δεις, περνα να μου πεις τη γνωμη σου! Α κινευχαριστω για το +1!!

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  7. Τα είχα αναζητήσει αλλά δεν μπόρεσα να τα δω ...Ίσως πρέπει να τις δω όλες μαζί !
    Ο ήλιος μας δειλά -δειλά λάμπει ,εκεί χιόνια ακόμη ???

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    1. Σημερα κι εδω ηλιο ειχαμε! Απιστευτο!

      Ναι κι εμεις ολες μαζι τις ειδαμε περσι, αλλα η 3η μας φανηκε κατα πολυ καλυτερη απο τις αλλες 2!

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  8. Δεν την έχω δει, την βάζω στην λίστα μου:)) Καλή εβδομάδα, Εύη μου! Πολλά φιλιά!

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    1. :) καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσενα!

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  9. I'll give it a try... not certain I'm with you on the "Movies that depict reality accurately make it easier for the viewer (me) to empathize with the characters and thus enjoy the entire experience a little more" boat ahahahah
    Sometimes it's just plain embarrassment... I slip in the sofa - there's not a hole big enough - and I want to disappear when watching - yes, I'm weird that way. I don't enjoy a movie if the character - yes, talking about you Bridget! ;) - is always doing embarrassing things. To me - not her - but I have to watch and that's embarrassing and it never ends soon enough ahahahah
    I enjoyed the Before movies but - now don't gasp or you'll end up hyperventilating and that's not good ;) - they didn't hit the nice enough scale... I enjoyed it and was happy when it was over - not a good sign, for a book or film I've just read or watched.
    But I'll give it a try. If it doesn't work out for me it enters to the "Silver Linings" category which is - still 30 minutes to finish THIS.
    Love you,
    Teresa

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    1. The main reason I fell in love with Bridget is because the opening scene where she sings All By Myself in her pyjamas, drinking wine by the fire reminded me of me! I've been known for lip-synching Celine Dion songs all my life. We've even made videos with my sister; it's the most ridiculous thing you'll ever see! Hahaha! Also I'm known for embarrassing myself unintentionally, so I always think of Bridget and console myself (there, there Evi, sone day someone may be inspired and make a fictional character out if you!)

      I totally agree with you about the Before movies.ni loved the third (maybe because I'm Greek), but the other two were just ok. And I also agree about the Silver Liings. How was that movie no inated for an Oscar?

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Well, when they make a film about you I'll sponsor it. I'll watch it. I'll bother everyone - twitter, facebook, instagarm will have to block me to keep me shut ahahahah - to watch it and LOVE. I'll even escort Leto for the Oscars - ah, do you think that's easy task? You wait and learn, Sweetie!
      Oh my poor heart - I'd forgotten that dreadful scene in Bridget... why did I watch it after such opening?!?! I'm so stupid ;)
      This is FUN, Evi! Hanging out finding out we have nothing in common and still I (can) love you ahahahahah Mankind, LEARN!

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    3. I'm used to having nothing in common with most people I know! It's not you, it's me! hahahah!

      Thanks for offering to support my hypothetical/imaginary movie!! :)

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  10. Δέν τήν έχω δεί,είδα όμως τό τρέηλερ καί φαίνεται πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα!Καλή εβδομάδα Εύη μου!!Φιλάκια!!

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    1. Ναι ειναι αρκετα καλη! Καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσας!

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  11. Ούτε εγώ έχω δεί τις προηγούμενες, μάλλον θα πρέπει να ξεκινήσω από εκείνες πρώτα!!! Μου κίνησες το ενδιαφέρον!
    Φιλιά και καλό μήνα!!!!!

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    1. Δεν ειναι ασχημες, ειδικα το Before Midnight που γυριστηκε στην Ελλαδα ειναι πολυ καλο!

      Ευχαριστω για την επισκεψη κ ανταποδιδω τις ευχες!

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  12. πολύ ωραίο φαίνεται από το τρέιλερ!! και ρομαντικό!!! καλή εβδομάδα Ευούλα! φιλάκια!!

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    1. Ειναι κ ρομαντικο κ ρεαλιστικο, απ'ολα εχει! Καλη βδομαδα και σ'εσενα!

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  13. Μου άρεσε το τρέιλερ. Δεν έχω δει τίποτε τελευταία, τίποτε πολύ καλό δλδ εκτός απ' αυτά που λέμε.
    Άντε καλή πρωταπριλιά :)

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    1. Κι εμεις τωρα ξαναρχισαμε να πηγαινουμε σινεμα, που ελιωσαν τα χιονια!
      Καλη Τεταρτη!

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  14. τελευταία βλέπω σειρές.. έχω τρελαθεί με το "Bates Motel" και το "House of Cards"..

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    1. Tο Bates δεν το εχω δει, το House μου αρεσε παρα πολυ η 1η σεζον, την ειδαμε πολυ γρηγορα, αλλα τη 2η τη βαριεμαι αφανταστα κ εχουν μεινει ακομα 4-5 επεισοδια και δε μπορω να την τελειωσω. Μα τι κακο ειναι αυτο, να χαλανε ολες τις σειρες μετα την 1η σεζον!

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  15. I found you on Japolina's blog and I just wanted to pop on over and say hi. I love watching movies and Le Week-End sounds like something I could totally get into. I'll see if I can find it.

    Lately, I watched Jack Reacher on Hulu Plus. It's a Tom Cruise movie and it's not lacking in action at all. If you don't mind a little violence, you'd enjoy it.

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    1. Hello and welcome to my blog! Thank you for stopping by!
      I'm not really into action movies, it's the only genre that I don't easily watch. Thank you for your recommendation, though, I will keep it in mind!

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  16. Ενδιαφέρουσα πρόταση! Καλό μήνα!:)

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    1. Σ'ευχαριστω! Καλο μηνα και σ'εσενα!

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  17. Πολύ ενδιαφέρον! Πριν λίγες μέρες είδα την τελευταία ταινία και την λάτρεψα! Θα το κοιτάξω! Καλό μήνα Εύη!

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    1. Ναι, η τελευταια κι εμενα μου αρεσε παρα πολυ! :) Καλο υπολοιπο βδομαδας!

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  18. I can't wait to see this film. I read a brief review a couple of weeks ago. The fact that it's set in Paris is a bonus for me too. Thank you for your recommendation.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you for reading Miss B! If you watch it, come back and share your opinion; I would love to read it! :)

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  19. A great review I will definitely be going to watch this

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  20. Hi Evi, I watched this at the weekend too! Loved it, so much. The script was wonderful wasn't it and the fact that they stay at the Plaza Athenee made me hoot with laughter....lordy knows how much their bill ended up being, I loved the fact that it was a great role for an older lady and oh my gosh how amazing does Lindsay Duncan look!!! xxx

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    1. Oh yeah, she's so elegant!

      I loved it because it doesn't sugarcoat marriage as many movies do, but at the same time, it doesn't present bickering/arguing as the end of the world/relationship, either. It's just a slice-of-life kind of film and I love this type of films!

      (How cool is it that we read/watch similar books/movies/series at almost the same time?) ;)

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  21. It looks and sounds to be quite charming ~ I am committing to seeing it !

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by! :)

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