This sensual, remarkably observed, beautifully acted wonder is the breakout feature from British writer-director-editor Andrew Haigh. Rarely has a film been as honest about sexuality—in both depiction and discussion—as this tale of a one-night-stand that develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men (exciting newcomers Tom Cullen and Chris New) in Midlands England. It’s an emotionally naked film that’s both an invaluable snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living and a universally identifiable portrait of a love affair. –The Criterion Collection
After working in editing on films as diverse as Gladiator and Mister Lonely, Andrew has concentrated on directing. Andrew’s fourth short film premiered at Berlinale in Feb 2009 and his first feature Greek Pete was released in UK cinemas in 2009. In 2008 he was named a ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ in Screen International. –SXSW
The dialogue is certainly its best quality, which makes it unfortunate that the sound is so indie-muffled. I also love that it addresses a relationship problem particular to queer people: the act of politicizing one’s sexuality to the degree that love and sex are no longer personal. Outside of that notion (and the two leads being adorable), though, it left me pretty nonplussed.
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“Heartfelt yet unsentimental, Weekend is the rarest of birds: a movie romance that rings true.”
The third in a series of Godard re-release posters from Steve Chow.
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Director: Andrew Haigh
Writer: Andrew Haigh
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If you love Before Sunrise and if you are fine with depictions of graphic gay sex, then you should see this movie because it’s a beautifully woven tale. A one night stand becomes a two night stand… read review
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