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: