Le Week-End Review By Tarek Fayoumi


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I did not know anything about “Le Week-End” much before I saw it. The trailer captivated me to see it, given the fact that I love movies taking place in Europe. “Le-Weekend” is a dark comedy that is feeling like viewers are watching a retired version of “The Before Trilogy.” However, this is just ok. It is not amazing, it is not heartfelt, and it is not structured.

The two main characters are a couple and their names are Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsey Hunt). Both are a couple that travel to Paris (their former honeymoon location) to try and salvage their marriage. “Le Week-End” barely has any elements to understanding what the conflict is between the couple. If there was any key moment, the only one I recognized was Nick and Meg struggling to feeling like they are young and falling in love.

The dialogue was not very audible. Most of the conversations sounded like watching something through a computer monitor with computer speakers. I understand that independent films make their goal for their films to be low-budget, but what is a film that is not audible? I almost thought of asking for a hearing device from the manager of the cinema.

Director Roger Michell (director of Hyde Park on Hudson (2012) and Morning Glory (2010)) seemed to have lacked the quality of “Le-Weekend.” I remember that “Hyde Park on Hudson” was not that great, but the acting was phenomenal, and the same goes with “Morning Glory.”

The writer Hanif Kureishi wrote for Michell for a variety of his films. The following films include “Intimacy” (2001), “The Mother” (2003) “Venus” (2006), and more. Most of his films have a depressing premise and have received mixed reviews over the years. I do not see thing being an issue because of a lack of ideas or organization, I see this because of the movies they have made to just be very depressing and not uplifting whatsoever.

“Le Week-End” had a good concept, but lacked throughout. This film is intended more for a DVD viewing or on demand viewing. In the cinema, it is not very cinematic or memorable. Would be if the filmmakers cared about the audio.

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