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REVIEW: 'Le Week-End' ★★★ 1/2

REVIEW: 'Le Week-End' ★★★ 1/2

Screenwriter Hanif Kureishi burst onto the scene a generation ago with "My Beautiful Laundrette" (1985), and his latest script, "Le Week-End," may be the best he's written since then.

The film, Kureishi's third collaboration with director Roger Michell, gets an amazing amount accomplished in an hour and a half. It begins as a blithe romantic comedy about an English couple, played by Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan, visiting Paris for their 30th wedding anniversary. But they soon venture into dark and bittersweet places, and before long the movie — as neatly constructed as it is — isn't really behaving like a movie, but more like life, as it's lived by a...