a film by Andrew Haigh
2011 | 97 mins | UK
›› Weekend
a remarkably honest depiction of two men finding love.
Weekend by Andrew Haigh
Adapted Synopsis:-

Reluctantly agreeing to answer the art project styled questions of a Friday night pickup in the morning after the night before, out but not exactly proud Russell finds himself quickly falling for the charms of once smitten, if now commitment phobic gay boy Glen.

As their discussions on life and all things gay become infused with drugs over the next forty-eight hours, a relaxed atmosphere juxtaposes with feelings outside of comfort zones, as a one-night stand becomes something else; something special.
Weekend by Andrew Haigh
Dave Says:-

Much has been said of this feature, as too more than the odd word or two has been raised over just where is Gay Celluloid's review of it? Well here it finally is, my friends; not that this UK based work has a shortage of reviews, indeed there is a plenitude of them and it's easy to see why, given this equates to one of the most refreshingly realistic representations of two men, becoming one, in years.

Sure and in many ways, this could be viewed as nothing other than a reworking of the "opposites attract" scenario and yet in writer and director Andrew Haigh's hands, this is anything but your typical love story. For here Haigh cuts to the romantic core of his piece, thanks to a series of character defining and beautifully natural turns from leads Tom Cullen and Chris New, men who and whilst on opposite sides of the relationship coin, given Russell is looking for love, whilst Glen is recovering from a broken heart, are both played thankfully far from stereotype.

Only Haigh does not leave all of the work to the boys, having homed in on his Greek Pete observational style, to shot his feature fly-on-the-wall fashion, a technique that finds the viewer cinematically eavesdropping on a series of private moments. And they are wonderful moments too, as you repeatedly witness two strangers becoming more and more drawn to each other, culminating in a closing scene that acutely illustrates the power of love and how it comes to make both parties, all the better for it, no matter how flickering it maybe.

Yes, there's a lot of drug use here and yet such self-induced highs produce some serious food for thought, as the narrative turns from gay experiences and here cue coming out, to the contentious issue of gay marriage. Only behind all of the positive imagery and authentic Nottingham locations, Haigh does not shy away from the reality of homophobia, courtesy of a soundtrack that is all too bitterly blunt. And whilst the sex scenes are graphic of the sweat and sex variety, they are far from being explicit, all of which makes for a remarkably honest depiction of two men finding love, as awkward moments give way to yearnings of the heart, captured almost faux documentary fashion. Achingly gritty as a result, touching and totally engaging. But then, you already knew that.

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - the full monty. 
Overall - file under ... 4 stars. 

›› Available to buy from Amazon.com.

›› Available to buy from Amazon.co.uk.
available on DVD as part of the Peccadillo Pictures catalogue: 19.March.2012 / UK.
screened as part of the 55th BFI London Film Festival, 2011.
UK television premiere: Thursday.15th.November.2012
/ Film4: 11:10pm - 01:05am.
principal players: Tom Cullen / Russell, Chris New / Glen, Jonathan Race / Jamie, Laura Freeman / Jill,
Jonathan Wright / Johnny, Loretto Murray / Cathy and Vauxhall Jermaine Liburd as Damien.
official website:
www.weekend-film.com
Copyright 2012 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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