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Published Apr. 3, 2014

Le Week-end (R) (93 min.) - The bare plotline sets off alarms: An aging British couple visits Paris for the first time since their long-ago honeymoon. Frolics and tender tears are sure to follow, right? Happily, the film was made by a pair of talented veterans - director Roger Michell and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi - who give it more resonance.

The film also profits from old hands in front of the camera: the appealing and accomplished Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan play the leads, a professor and his schoolteacher wife on a two-day celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary. Yes, there are a few moments of predictable humor and pathos, but the actors rise above them, abetted by Kureishi's talent for undermining the sentimental.

Things take an interesting turn with the unexpected appearance of Nick's old Cambridge pal Morgan (nice work by Jeff Goldblum). He's an intellectual, charming and a bit too sleek. He invites them to a wine-tasting party, where we'll learn some important truths about the couple, both individually and together. (Tampa Theatre, Woodlands 20 in Oldsmar)


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