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.