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Published March 12th 2014
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This is a superb flic about a couple in a burnt-out relationship, who travel to Paris for their 30th wedding anniversary to rekindle something in the city where they spent their honeymoon.

In no time, their niggling boils to the surface, igniting tensions that mask their underlying dissatisfaction in a relationship that needs to be sorted out. What better way to rejuvenate the marriage, then a romantic weekend.

We are not sure the reasons for their marital discord. Lack of physical intimacy is clearly one, brought to a head when Meg gets into a dominatrix role in black stilettos.

The dialogue is brilliant and the observations so- sharp, that coupled with the Parisian ambiance, the magic weaves charmingly around them.

During the two-day escapade,wistful and demanding Nick and take-charge Meg careen from harmony to disharmony as they take stock of 30 years of deep tenderness ... and deep regret.

A surprise invite from Nick's old pal (Jeff Goldblum), a boorish, amusing, academic yank living the Le Dolce Vita lifestyle, leads them towards an unexpectedly hopeful vision of what their love and marriage might still become.

It's a sophisticated romp-sharp and funny. Broadbent gives Nick a delicacy that's wonderfully uplifting. Lindsay Duncan makes Meg, loving yet snappish, thoroughly loyal an unforgettable character.

Don't miss this...just for the shots around Paris, alone.
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