Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Have you been crying out for just a great film well told, not in 3D or featuring giant robots battling over the destruction of Planet Earth?
Well, you may be part of the unruffled revolution that in recent years has been quietly transforming our cinemas. And their cry is simple "Please no more superheroes, we just want super stories!"
At the front line of this cinematic shift are 'the silver screeners', a discerning bunch of older cinema-goers who are looking for emotional stories, with deep characters, dealing with everyday troubles. A fantasy world away from the incessant noise and nauseating spectacle of most mainstream movies.
This movie mature audience have felt until relatively recently that the cinema was virtually a no-go zone for them. Since the mid 1970's the demographics of the audience were getting younger and younger.
The much needed change was kickstarted in 2011 by The Kings Speech which was packed out by pensioners and became an Oscar winning smash hit. This Royal-buster made from the modest budget of £10 million grossed more than £250 million worldwide. This was quickly followed last year by another box office bonanza, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the popular yarn about a gaggle of ageing Brits who start a new life in India.
Suddenly the dark of the matinee became the hotbed for this new audience. One not interested in popcorn or nachos but in tea and talent. Personally, there's nothing better than a snug cinema seat on a wet afternoon. Films aimed at the grey pound this year have included Quartet, Song For Marion and now the new film from Notting Hill director Roger Mitchell, Le Week-End.
Jim Broadbent (64) and Lindsay Duncan (62) play Nick and Meg Burrows a not-so-happily married couple who return to Paris, the city of their honeymoon, to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Their short city break is designed to spark some romance into their flagging relationship but ends up hitting the rocks before they emerge out of the channel tunnel.
Soon they are bickering about their dreary beige hotel room with no view. "I reckon if you stood on tiptoes with a telescope" says Nick "you could see the hunchback of Notre Dame's arse!" And even when they upgrade to an expensive suite with a splendidly scenic balcony, the wrinkled tensions in their strained marriage continue to break out in humorous and often painful ways.
It's Autumn in Paris and the autumn of their lives, which acclaimed writer Hanif Kureishi captures beautifully. His two-handed script is sharp, sardonic and full of wisely observed one liners - "When the kids have gone" asks the maudlin Meg "what becomes of us?"
A must-see for the baby boom generation.
Le Week-End (Cert 15) opens at The Queen's Film Theatre on Friday 11th October.
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