- Allan Hunter
- 20 October 2011
Poignant and captivating story of unexpected love cut short
A casual one night stand unexpectedly blossoms into a much more meaningful connection in Weekend, a tender heartbreaker from writer/director Andrew Haigh that is easily one of the most impressive British independent features of the year.
Haigh’s tale of sex, love and longing is told with a beguiling sense of honesty and perceptiveness. It also features noteworthy performances from two screen newcomers. Tom Cullen’s Russell leaves an evening with his straight friends in Nottingham and heads to a gay club where he meets Glen (Chris New). The next morning, Glen asks Russell to record his feelings about their evening for his art project. It is the beginning of a greater intimacy as they share their insecurities and reveal their vulnerability.
Over the course of a weekend they are both thrilled and overwhelmed by the possibility that this could be the real thing. The whole situation is lent a terrible poignancy by the discovery that Glen is about to leave the country. Weekend is a captivating combination of Brief Encounter and Before Sunset that will quietly steal the heart of audiences gay, straight or anywhere in between.
Selected release from Fri 4 Nov.