Roger Michell (shown below, right) and writer Hanif Kureishi (further below, left) now includes three remarkable films: The Mother (from 2003, in which Daniel Craig showed us capabilities far in excess of anything his 007 has managed), Venus (2006 and one of Peter O'Toole's latter-day wonders) and now LE WEEK-END, in which Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play a long-married Brit couple taking a quickie vacation in Paris. For my money the Michell/Kureishi oeuvre is every bit as interesting and fine as Kureishi's earlier collaboration with Stephen Frears that resulted in only two films (but good ones!): My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.
Adam Resurrected onwards (he's out now in two movies: this one and The Grand Budapest Hotel, which I've yet to see). Here he tamps down the pomposity (it's still there but used so charmingly and well) and offers a performance alive with the quiet fear of a successful man who realizes that he is something of a fake, while enjoying what that fakery can bestow. And, ah, how he still loves his old friend.
Woody Allen presented it at "Midnight." Just walking down the street seems some kind of blessing, and the meals -- ah, well! The British, as well as us Americans, may make fun of the French (and vice versa) but there is no denying the special place Paris hold in the hearts of so many of us. This movie brings that home.
Music Box Films, opens tomorrow, Friday, March 14, in New York City at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinema, and in Los Angeles at The Landmark. The following week it will hit theaters in another dozen cities and then continue spreading out in the weeks to come. To see all currently scheduled playdates with cities and theaters listed, click here, and then click THEATERS on the menu bar midway down your screen.