I love a bit of French cinema, or so the title of this film would suggest, but it’s in fact a British film about an older couples weekend away in Paris, the city of love, for their 30-year wedding anniversary. And what better place to be to spend such a celebration! Well, I must admit, I’ve only ever spent one day in Paris, and never a night, and never with a partner, so I can only imagine it’s a great place to go with your partner to enjoy the romantic day and night fun.
The film stars Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan as the aforementioned husband and wife, and to be honest, I don’t know much about Duncan’s previous work other than her small but awesome role in my favourite film of 2013, About Time. Though looking at her credits might explain that, as she seems to do a lot more TV than film, but she’s a damn good actress that’s for sure.
The film itself had a nice premise, if not a little worn, but the two leads brought a certain comfortableness and believability to the relationship that really helped the film. Where it was let down though was maybe in the believability of some of the story elements themselves, and without spoiling it, all I’ll say it’s about the rebel tendencies the couple showed. Because if that was normal behaviour for these two during the years, one feels they may not have the somewhat comfortable lives they currently live.
So I did enjoy this film, and it was nice seeing two great actors paly off one another, and there were many nice little scenes between the two. But on the flip side there were scenes that felt a little over the top and over written and unnatural for the characters, but then again maybe I’m completely misreading the intent of the writer and director of the film. Either way, it was enjoyable, but it’s not with out its flaws.
8 out of 10 from me!!!