Le Week-End follows the story of Meg (Lindsay Duncan) and Nick (Jim Broadbend), an old married couple who've hit a bump in their marriage. There's a lack of intimacy in their relationship, which on the most part is because of Meg, but I don't want to sound sexist so I'm going to say it's both their faults. Wait, would that even be considered sexist? Oh I don't know. Anyway, to rejuvenate their marriage the two head off to Paris for their anniversary, but along the way they come across an old friend of theirs, Morgan (Jeff Goldblum) who's a character I can't complain about because he's mother f**king Jeff Goldblum.
Le Week-End is held by two brilliant performances, and also one by Jeff Goldblum. Jim Broadbend and Lindsey Duncan hold this movie together. They're both the mould and the paste of this film. Their characters have chemistry, and great chemistry at that. Although they're not, they actually made me believe that they're a married couple. Is that weird? That's probably weird. Their performances are full of charm and realism, making this film believable, although it's believable just based on screenplay alone so I'm going to say it's more believable instead. Oh yeah, and did I mention that Jeff Goldblum is in this movie too? Yeah, he's in it. He plays a character, and this character is in the movie. Jeff Goldblum. Jeff freaking Goldblum. I hope he doesn't mind if I call him J.
Le Week-End's screenplay is touching, witty and full of heart. I know practically nothing about Hanif Kureishi's life (he's the writer), but this film appears to be such a personal journey for him. It feels like something that could only have been written by someone of experience, and that's what I love about this film the most. It's natural, relatable (to an extent, but undoubtably more so for others) and it's real. Plus the film can be damn funny too, which is a plus.
The plot, however, is rather flimsy. I've watched countless movies that go about plot-less, such as the masterpieces that are the Before trilogy, and Le Week-End has a similar feel in terms of plot, except it's not done as effectively. It's pretty weak, actually. Nothing happens, which occasionally I'm fine with. It's just a loop of events with no progress being made until late into the second half. But it's okay because they have Jeff Goldblum.
To sum up, Le Week-End's plot is flimsy and repetitive, but with performances like this and a screenplay that's touching, witty, personal, realistic and full of heart, that whole flimsy plot thing can be overlooked.