United Kingdom, 2013, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Romance, Seniors
Program: Modern Masters
An English couple of a certain age arrive in Paris for a weekend of culture, nostalgia, decadence and maybe even romance – not necessarily in that order. Nick (Jim Broadbent) is an academic worried that his career is petering out and he has precious little to show for all his early promise. Meg (Lindsay Duncan) has lived most of her life through her husband, so has even less to hold on to. Acrimony and recrimination are their constant bedfellows.
Still, Paris is a distraction, and the Parisians can always be relied on to supply further targets for their scathing wit. Better yet, there’s a chance encounter with an American (Jeff Goldblum), an ex-student of Nick who has since become a best-selling author, and who seems only too happy to see them. The latest from writer – director team Hanif Kureishi and Roger Micheli ("The Buddha of Suburbia"; "The Mother"; "Venus") begins like a rom-com but takes a sharp turn into "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf" territory. It’s piercing, pungent, personal stuff – and very funny in places.
Winner: Best Actor, San Sebastian Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Roger Michell
Producer: Kevin Loader, Bertrand Faivre
Editor: Kristina Hetherington
Screenwriter: Hanif Kureishi
Cinematographer: Nathalie Durand
Music: Jeremy Sams
Principal Cast: Jeff Goldblum, Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Olly Alexander, Judith Davis
Filmography: Hyde Park on the Hudson (2012)
Morning Glory (2010)
Enduring Love (2004)
The Mother (2003)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Notting Hill (1999)
Print Source: Music Box
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