The Longest Week
Conrad Valmont (Bateman) is the son of the owners of the luxurious Valmont Hotel. He has lived a fairly loveless existence at the hotel since the age of 7 when his wealthy parents deserted him.
One day his freeloading, extravagant lifestyle is brought to an end when his absent parents play with the idea of divorce and cut off his money supply.
Conrad has to move in with his best friend, Dylan, and promptly falls in love with Dylan’s girlfriend, Beatrice. His simple life is now filled with lies, guilt and uncertainty. But the week that he has with Beatrice is the week he experiences a love he may not have had before, or may never have again.
The film styles itself around another world – a modern, yet old world with no mobile phones or computers, soft ageless jazz, pretensions to a sheik sixties… On the one hand – charming. On the other hand – try-hard hipster.
The Longest Week is an amusing film about love. I’ve read a film review in which it is criticised for having no story. There is a story – it’s just not a very complicated one and it only goes where it needs to go. Don’t get over-excited about this flick – it’s pretty cute, you’ll enjoy it if you appreciate the styling, and there’s nothing wrong with the acting, but it’s just not a great Bateman flick.