Le Weekend (Dirty Weekend) (2013)
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Not the most unique concept here, but there was potential to go to some pretty interesting places with the idea and the concept of Mike, a school teacher luring one of his students under the guise of a romantic weekend to a cottage in France in order to murder her. Things are complicated when they find a fugitive in the same cottage, who's stolen 500,000 pounds worth of coins. As the film progresses you get to see Mike's darker side come into play as he grows increasingly tired of Trish and finds a way to get rid of her, trying to bribe the fugitive with his own stolen coins. So, yes, a decent concept, but I just don't think the movie really does much with it. First things first, I just didn't find the movie to be that funny. There are its funny moments, for sure, but I just didn't find the movie to be consistently that funny. And I know it's supposed to be a dark comedy, where sometimes the humor is more subtle, but I don't think this film even achieves that. It certainly tries, but I just don't think it worked that well. At least how I saw it. I will say, however, that the acting is, at the very least, good enough to make the film watchable at best. The acting is pretty much the best part about the film. But I will say that the fugitive, Pierre Perrier from the incredible Les Revenants, known as The Returned in the states, which you should watch, is a stereotypically french character. He's charming, romantic, etc, etc. Mike really has the most interesting character arc of all the characters, just seeing him go from a fairly normal individual, who's made some 'mistakes', to complete murderous psychopath all in an 80+ minute time span is fairly interesting. But, again, the film doesn't really manage to make you laugh a lot. Not that I assume it was meant to be laugh out loud funny, but it'd have made the movie better, in my opinion. As it stands, however, it's a perfectly watchable little movie. Should've been better, but it is what it is. Decent movie, but there's nothing special or that impressive about it. Watch at your own risk.
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