Nick (Broadbent) and Meg (Duncan) are a Birmingham couple nearing their wedding anniversary. To celebrate, they decide to return to Paris, scene of their glorious honeymoon 30 years earlier. But has the passing of time has taken its toll on the hotel - and their feelings for each other.
Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan are a couple of one-time radicals on a 30th-anniversary second honeymoon in Paris, where the lifelong tensions between his avuncular denialism and her prickly impetuousness snap dramatically, and humorously. Intentionally or not, the film smacks of an attempt to capture a youthful, indie style the oldieweds themselves crave to rediscover, giving it a clumsy, puppyish feel — like an Exotic Mumblecore Hotel. But despite that it is never unappealing, thanks to a Jeff Goldblum cameo and some compelling verbal swordplay between Broadbent and Duncan.
Writer / director team Kureishi and Michell add to their partnership with an insightful look at life-long commitment.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin