Paris When It Fizzles

Le Week-End,” a small comedy-drama that hits theaters on March 14, is a sort of British “Before Midnight” — or maybe its sequel. It stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as Nick and Meg, an aging academic couple who mark their wedding anniversary in Paris, where they honeymooned 30 years earlier. Not that there’s much chance of a second honeymoon. With their marriage in a funk (“Once the kids have gone, what’s left of us?” Meg asks), this trip to the City of Light only underscores their feelings of regret — and running into Nick’s old friend Morgan (Jeff Goldblum), who’s now a prosperous author, doesn’t help. Yet the movie has plenty of light moments. Directed by Roger Mitchell (“Notting Hill”), it benefits from a screenplay by Mitchell’s frequent collaborator Hanif Kureishi, who got his start writing porn back in the 1970s and then made his name in the ’80s with “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid.” Honesty and wry humor keep “Le Week-End” from being a downer as it shows the disappointments (and rewards) of a long marriage. Meg: “You make my blood boil like nobody else.” Nick: “A sign of a deep connection.” —John Birmingham

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