Les Misérables: Don’t pity the two old fools of ‘Le Week-End’
“Why doesn’t anybody want my company?” asks Nick (Jim Broadbent) of his wife, Meg (Lindsay Duncan), in Le Week-End.
The question, for that moment, goes unanswered, but here’s the reason, Nick: You’re a whiny, wimpy jerk. You’re one of the least appealing characters to appear on screen in years.
There are reasons Nick is a jerk. He’s prone, at his core, to feeling unloved. His wife seems to hate him. His children (all off-screen) seem to take advantage of him. And Nick, a college professor, says really dumb things to his students. One of those things gets him fired.
Le Week-End is a chronicle of late-life misery, a…