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Weekend [DVD] 
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A one-night stand that becomes something more - an unconventional love story between two young men trying to make sense of their lives.
On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. And so begins a weekend - in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex that will resonate throughout their lives.
Attitude Awards Best Film 2012
BIFAS (British Independent Film Awards) Best Achievement In Production & Best Newcomer Tom Cullen 2011
Evening Standard Film Awards Best Screenplay Award 2012
London Critics Circle Film Awards Best British Breakthrough Filmmaker Andrew Haigh 2012
Cast and Crew Interview
Quinnford + Scout picture gallery with commentary
Weekend UK Premier at LFF
Interview with Director and Casts
Interview with Director and Producer
English subtitles for the Hard of Hearing
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Weekend isn't just another gay movie. It's not distasteful or stereotypical. It's delicate. It's amusing. And my word, it makes you think. The "love" story, if that's how you want to put it, is sewn neatly into that raw, British reality. Altercations between characters remind me of ones I've had myself - petty, circular and genuine. Authentic characters are placed into familiar situations. I lost count of the times I felt a sense of déjà vu, a deep understanding of the context, or even recognition of myself in one of the characters. I even recognised my friends in others. It might just be me, but aspects of this film seem to describe life experiences that we've all been through; gay or straight.
This film picks up on something that might ordinarily go unnoticed. It cultivates the idea that something strong can burst from a chance encounter with someone you meet in a bar. This scenario must happen more often than realised. It happens every day, but so many just pass it off as a myth. The idea that such a bond could be formed over a single weekend may seem farfetched to some, but I believe the actors capably portray the honesty of what these characters create.
So much about the film's production mutters authenticity. It lets you witness each of Glen and Russell's encounters as if you were there. Camera angles range from incredibly distant to up close and personal.Read more ›
The only downside for me is that I feel the film slightly became what it tried not to be. Here was a film billed as not a 'gay film', but a film that features gay characters. Unfortunately some of the conversations did become rants about classic gay issues. On the plus side a refreshing look at other social issues such as children in care was covered without resorting to stereotypical characterisation.
Overall the film was fantastic and I felt melancholic for days after even when not thinking of the film.
(Dir. Andrew Haigh / 97 minutes)
I know, I know, gay man picks gay film as his best of the year; how predictable can you get? But this low-budget British independent film was so much more than an excuse to look at naked men (that was just an added bonus).
Weekend was something special and real and beautiful and managed to portray the genesis of a relationship with far more believability and far more heart than Hollywood has ever done. Sure, it's about homosexuals, but the themes covered here are very universal; falling in love, the notion of meeting somebody for the first time allowing you a blank canvas on which to project a version of yourself, the idea of getting stuck in your ways with a bunch of friends who drag you down and hold you back because they expect you to behave in a certain way. The film casts aside the all-too-familiar stereotypes, the clichés and the need to rant on about issues, and instead offered a simple story about a burgeoning relationship between two men, quiet, unassuming Russell (best name ever) and 'out' and proud Glen, who meet late on a Friday night in a gay club.
The development of their relationship, which takes place over the eponymous weekend, was played out with such refreshing ordinariness (the best parts of the film are the wonderful set-piece 'real time' scenes where the blokes are just chatting casually in the kitchen, drinking tea, talking about life). I look forward to the DVD release so I can enjoy it all over again. Funny, tender, real... superb.
That said.....I saw this when it was at the cinema and for a couple of days afterward it stayed with me. Its lush, atmospheric and has a stroke of realism to it that tinges the everyday once you leave it behind, in my view that's what good art does.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boring no storyline and badly shot. I barely got to the end. The plot about a couple of guys falling in love over a weekend seems to take a year. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James
Andrew Haigh has created a masterpiece ... one of the most melancholy, moving and heart rending love story ever told. PURE BEAUTYPublished 4 months ago by Ardito Giacomo
A well acted British film, would strongly recommend seeing. Delivery nice and quick too.Published 4 months ago by Tippy Toes
This is a fantastic film about two guys finding love over a single weekend. It's also one of those rare films where the acting is so natural that you almost forget you are watching... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ozzieal
Bore fest of the pretentious kind. Main character dull to the extreme second main character some ugly queen! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Realism, genuine dialogue... this film flows well and doesn't feel like it consists of 'scenes'. It's hot in places. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer