film / 9.00pm / More4
from writer Hanif Kureishi and director Roger Michell (who have collaborated before, notably on the Daniel Craig/ Anne Reid drama The mother and Venus, starring Peter O’toole), this bittersweet comedic drama sees longtime-married academics Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan travel to Paris in hopes of breathing some fire back into their relationship. The pair had visited the city of love on their honeymoon, but it’s not long before petty recriminations rear their unattractive heads. Broadbent and Duncan are note perfect, while Kureishi has tapped into what being with someone for decades represents – for good and ill – and exposes his protagonists for what they really are: utterly human.
The thrill has gone for Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan