Le Week-End - a recommendation from Visible Fictions' Douglas Irvine

Le Week-End - a recommendation from Visible Fictions' Douglas Irvine

The artistic director of the kids' theatre co urges you to see the story of 'youthful rebellion in an older person’s guise'

I create a lot of work for younger audiences – maybe this is the reason I’m so excited to see Hanif Kureshi and Roger Michell’s latest cinematic collaboration, Le Week-End. Starring the brilliant Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, this tale of a pensioner-couple embarking on teenage-like shenanigans while on a mini-break in Paris looks not only viciously entertaining but hugely moving too, with some crackling dialogue, fabulous performances (how could it not be with a cast that also includes Jeff Goldblum?) and a beautiful Parisian backdrop. This third collaboration between the writer and director continues their exploration of older characters – their loves, foibles and transgressions – and it looks to be daring, emotionally charged and filled with heart-aching humour. Youthful rebellion in an older person’s guise – what’s not to love?

Le Week-End is out now on general release. Visible Fictions’ Friends Electric is currently touring around the country – it calls in at Edinburgh Festival Theatre on Sat 19 Oct and at National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, on Sat 26 & Sun 27 Oct.

Le Week-end trailer

Friends Electric

A magical story about what it means to be human, featuring robots. From Visible Fictions. Ages 7+.

Le Week-End

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Roger Michell
  • Cast: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum
  • UK release: 11 October 2013

A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.