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Le Week-End – a Romantic Comedy for Boomers

I was invited to attend a screening of the new movie LE WEEK-END. I said yes to the publicist right away when I heard it was a romantic comedy that takes place in Paris. My BFF L joined me as we ventured into Philadelphia early Saturday morning. I was glad that I didn’t invite my boyfriend L, not sure he would have enjoyed the movie as much as  L and I did – think it’s more of a chick-flick, especially for boomer girls.

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As described in the press materials: “The movie is about a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.

During a two-day escapade, diffident, wistful Nick (Jim Broadbent) and demanding, take-charge Meg (Lindsay Duncan) careen from harmony to disharmony to resignation and back again as they take stock of half a lifetime of deep tenderness — and even deeper regret. A surprise invitation from Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), an amusingly boorish American academic with a fancy Parisian address, soon leads them to an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.”

The range of emotions run deep as you watch Nick and Meg deal with the state of their marriage and their individual wants and needs as they come to terms with who they are at this point in their lives.

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Nick Burrows (Jim Broadbent) and Meg Burrows (Lindsay Duncan) in LE WEEK-END. Courtesy of Music Box Films

There are some tender and tough moments between Nick and Meg that reminded me of the ups and downs during my own 24 years of marriage. Now a widow, I often wonder what type of couple my late husband M and I would have become had we grown old together. As for my relationship with my boyfriend L – so far, so good. We’ve only been together for five years and we’re not married.

There are some precious gems from the mouths of Nick and Meg that made me ponder the essence of love and tugged at my heartstrings:

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Courtesy of Music Box Films.

♥ “You cannot love and hate the same person,” says Nick. “usually within the space of five minutes.”

♥ “People don’t change,” says Nick. “They do,” responds Meg. “They get worse.”

♥ “Beckett says ‘do we mean love when we say love?’” says Nick. “What else do we mean, that’s stupid,” says Meg.


Do I give this movie two thumbs up?Absolument! If you are a Type-A boomer girl like me you will enjoy and identify with Meg, who at sixty-something, is fun, free-spirited and quite impulsive. She also looks amazing in her Parisian black lace dress.

There was a lively talk after the film ended. Reviews were mixed. Most of the women seemed to like the movie, while one man had negative comments. “I think Nick and Meg should have divorced years ago,” he said like a typical male who has no time for dialogue. A few in the audience wondered if Nick and Meg will end up staying married. We’ll have to wait for the sequel (if there is one) to find out, or if not write our own happy ending.

The movie opens on Friday, March 14 in New York and Los Angeles, then expands to cities across the country through the end of April. Should you go see it? Take a peek at the trailer and see for yourself.

As for me, I agree with Meg, “Ah Paris, who’d want to live anywhere else? 

Read more from Judy Freedman on her blog, A Boomer’s Life After 50


Judy Freedman

Judy Freedman is a fifty-something female baby boomer. Her blog, A Boomer's Life After 50, is targeted to the millions of baby boomer women (born between 1945 – 1964) who are going through a similar life journey in mind, body and spirit. Widowed at the age of 50, she is learning to reinvent herself. Her philosophy is to age gracefully, be optimistic about the future, and keep her chin up…so her neck stays forever wrinkle-free. Judy's blog was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of their 2012 Favorite Blogs for Women Post 50 and won a 2013 Webby Award Honoree for Personal Blogs. Judy retired from her 30 year corporate communications career to pursue her passions during her life after 50. Instagram: judiboomergirl

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Judy Freedman

Thursday 10th of April 2014

Anne, I agree. The couple are so cute together.

Anne Parris

Wednesday 9th of April 2014

THis looks like a must-see for me. Love the cast!

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