So very very not true, this film is NOT a romantic comedy.
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.
Someone needs to point out that this film is extremely overrated. It followed a fairly standard talk-movie structure, nothing they said was particularly insightful, and as characters they weren't really that interesting. It seems that once in awhile there's a gay movie that straight people can bring themselves to see, and then they adulate the thing out of proportion to prove that they're open-minded liberals.
You might be right about the straight people thing, and even the structure of the film. However the characters are well defined in my opinion, and the realism element they got right. Also to me this is the portrait of the modern gay man. The acting is also very nice, there's a strong vision and a consistant tone. So I partly agree with you, but feel you shouldn't write the film off either.
I'm not completely writing it off, as it did have merit. It's just that when there is almost universal glorification for a film that was just okay, someone needs to snuff the exaggerated buzz a bit. Plus, you can't have a portrait of "the" modern gay man any more than you can have a portrait of "the" modern straight man. Gay men are just as diverse, believe it or not.
What I mean by a portrait of the modern gay man, is that for a long time, gay men were seen as effeminate and very loud and out there about our sexuality. And I think there's been a change, and now a lot of gay men seem to want to not be seen in any way different, aside from the fact that they happen to like other men. They can act like straight men, and they have jobs and friends and thoughts and lives like others do. Humans in general are certainly diverse. My wording of "modern gay man" is due to what I've observed and feel about gay men today.
Achieves a similar intimacy to Linklater's Before Sunrise, yet it feels somewhat incomplete and destined to fade into LGBT obscurity because of its very subject matter. It's a shame.
It's nice to see a film about gay men that isn't about GAY men, but it felt a little predictable, and then suddenly ridiculous: out, quirky artist with commitment issues and a bland causal backstory that comes back to haunt him through a semi-closeted and uncomfortable other guy who mopes around, charmingly. And an ambiguous train-station ending. (Also, I was annoyed by the very White American Apparel aesthetic.)
The whole movie is so well executed. Every element comes together to give a wholistic story. The romance comes across as genuine, the dialogue never lets your interest wane. When Glen talks about having your "own garden", he's probably hinting at the need for an honest voice. And this movie is definetly in that vein.
Esse conto de um encontro de uma noite, extremamente observador e poderoso, é uma incrível estréia para o escritor e diretor Andrew Haigh. Um filme despido de simbolismos e de segundas intenções, “Weekend” é daquelas figuras pequenas e sinceras que aparecem por aí. E quem tem a oportunidade de vê-lo nunca o esquecerá.
Great lo-fi (gay) romance. This films is honest, intelligent, doesn’t seem to be trying too hard, and the two leads (Tom Cullen and Chris New.) are really impressive. I love the quiet vibe of the film, the fact that it features proper discussions that are extremely well written and yet feel totally improvised. I also love how the tower block is used with great effect in the pillow shots.
i watched this last night and can't stop thinking about it. this is what falling in love feels like!
A modest, mumblesome, exquisitely modulated film, Weekend offers us a casually stylized close-up of a brief but life-changing love affair between two men, creating with seeming effortlessness a universal resonance from its closely observed materials. The leads turn in performances that are marvels of sensitivity, and the film on the whole feels as fragile and as charmed as they do.