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This Weekend, Go See “Weekend”

This Weekend, Go See "Weekend"

Tender, talky and intensely sexy, Andrew Haigh’s “Weekend” could reductively be described as a sort of gay Before Sunrise. Over the course of its titular timeframe, the film follows Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New), two men who extend their blurry and drunken one night stand into 48 hours to remember. Russell is a pragmatic and semi-closeted lifeguard; Glen is a stubborn intellectual who “doesn’t do boyfriends.” Their star-crossed romance is quite perfectly executed by director Haigh, who lets the film quietly creep up on the viewer as a powerful new entry into the queer cinema lexicon.

Coming off an award-winning debut at the SXSW film festival in Austin, Texas, the film is making its theatrical debut this weekend in New York City, followed by a national rollout in the coming weeks. The UK import has drawn rave reviews from critics, heralding director Haigh’s delicate approach to relationship drama. Having previously worked as an assistant editor on films like “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down,” he brings us perhaps the furthest possible thing from those big-budget action films with “Weekend.” Go see it:

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MD

@where?

Look here: http://www.weekend-film.com/screeningsandfestivals/

And btw, Peter – great interview.

where?

it looks like a great film. where is it playing in canada?

bob hawk

I’ve already seen WEEKEND twice (thanks to film festivals) and it’s one of those films that I could — and will — watch periodically for the rest of my life. Several other key films that I still watch at least once a year, because they hit me at such a profound level at the time I first saw them (and they still hold up): EAST OF EDEN (at age 17) and FIVE EASY PIECES (at 33).

For this 73-year-old queer, WEEKEND is the most deeply satisfying and evocative film of its kind I’ve ever seen, and I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to experience it.

MD

I really want to see this film!

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