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Weekend 2011

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A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October.

British indie romance about a newly acquainted gay couple, and their one-night stand that becomes something more. Winner of the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival and Most Promising Newcomer (Tom Cullen) at the British Independent Film Awards.  More

"On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell (Cullen) heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen (Chris New) and that weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is an encounter that will resonate throughout their lives." (SWSX 2011). Hide

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      This is one of my favourite films from the festival, and everyone should see it!

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Rebecca Barry Hill Flicks Writer

“No one’s going to come see it because it’s about gay sex,” opines aspiring artist and film-maker Glen in Weekend. Perhaps he’s director Andrew Haigh’s mouthpiece. Is Weekend about gay sex? Well there are man-on-man scenes but to sidle it with that label is misleading. Weekend offers much more than the one-night-stand it at first appears to be. More

Amazing performances from leads Tom Cullen (Russell) and Chris New (Glen) give this budding romance an air of authenticity. The protective disguise of indifference barely conceals the surging interest and raw emotion brewing between this pair of opposites, getting to know each other over 48 hours: Russell, who is introspective and not entirely comfortable with his sexuality, and Glen, the say-it-how-it-is angry artist. At times their connection is so intimate it’s uncomfortable.

But the obscene sex banter is overshadowed by conversations of profound sadness and in that respect Weekend becomes a subtly political film. When Russell speaks of feeling like an outcast and Glen yearns for another life, away from the cloying reality he knows, the alienation both characters feel brings them closer.

Haigh never clobbers viewers over the head with the idea; he just points a camera on it. While Russell rides the tube, he’s inadvertently subjected to a crass discussion of what makes someone gay; he’s used to the bigots who shout profanities through his window.

Ebbing and flowing between literal highs and lows – from bars, parties, coke and weed to the grey streets of Nottingham and Russell’s uninspiring flat, Weekend is a film that feels like real life –sometimes dull, sometimes funny, and bittersweet. Hide

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Beautiful

Patricia1 A-Lister (?)

One of the sweetest films you'll see. The relationship is so real and compelling; the performances are terrific; just a wonderful film through and through.

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Feels so real

freshdude Flicks Superstar (?)

I don't really like romantic films as a general rule as they tend to be too far from reality and overly sweet for my liking. However WEEKEND sure is something else. It follows Russel and Glenn, two guys in Nottingham, that happen to "hook up" at the end of a drunken night. Possibly a budding bromance.

As Glenn rightfully puts it in the film, talking of his art project : "Straight people will not go see it, it's too gay, too foreign, too scary. And gay men might go see it in the hope of seeing a bit of c#*ck !". The exact same goes for this film with maybe the addition of a few open minded film buffs. And it is a shame,as not only it is a great insight into city gay life , it is a major look at how lost and lonely people (not just gay people) are feeling in our modern time. And sure enough you might feel a little uncomfortable with the short sex scenes, but what the heck : how long have gay people been enduring straight sex scenes for ? Get over it ! Love is love ... and it's beautiful in all it's forms.

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Press Reviews

95% of critics recommend

Consensus: "It may be a chamber piece but Weekend's revelations on modern sexuality expand far beyond the modest setting."

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A.V. Club (USA)

Bittersweet, achingly authentic, and so intimate it almost feels invasive. Full review.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

A smart, sensitive, perceptive film. Full review.

Empire (UK)

A love story that will get under the skin of romantics everywhere. Full review.

Entertainment Weekly (USA)

Acutely observed. Full review.

Hollywood Reporter

The script and the performances overcome the sordid details. Full review.

Los Angeles Times

An observational film that offers generous satisfactions, but there are challenges along the way. Full review.

The Guardian (UK)

A lo-fi, tremendously convincing account of contemporary gay life. Full review.

The New Yorker

The bland sentimentality and dull attitudinizing turn the movie into an empty frame of good intentions. Full review.