Nights and Weekends (2008)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Mattie and James are in love. But too many mornings and too many miles apart have taken a toll on them. As they struggle with the distance between New York and Chicago, their visits become reminders of the difficulties, not the pleasures, of their relationship.
Oct 10, 2008 Limited
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Swanberg and Gerwig also have a gift for constructing the kind of moments rarely seen in contemporary American independent film.
This movie belongs to its stars, who also wrote and produced. You can't say their acting is good or bad because they are not really acting. They're just being themselves, pubic hair and all.
Night and Weekends simultaneously plays like a critique of the mumblecore ethos and an especially obnoxious example of its whimsical tics and insouciant solipsism.
The movie's attempt to become a Scenes from a Marriage for the SXSW set often comes within millimeters of self-parody.
Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig nail the everyday rhythms of stuttering indecision.
Its surprisingly structured depiction of this relationship and its many private rituals and performances, which the film's unforgiving style continually strips bare
In brief scenes, lovely or tense, mostly unresolved, Nights and Weekends indicates a slow, almost imperceptible evolution in the relationship.
One imagines the film is making a gentle attempt to be a modern Scenes from a Marriage, and while that's a tall order, Gerwig and Swanberg aren't terribly far from the mark.
Directors Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig fill the screen with many magical moments of intimacy in a relationship that is going through a rough patch.
At last, the confessional style actually confesses a legitimate sense of longing and doubt, and the mundane no longer feels so ordinary.
I can't recall a film with as much character insight as this one; not necessarily character development, but insight.
If Cassavetes's films inspired future filmmakers with their DIY aesthetic, then Swanberg and Gerwig's efforts seem calculated to discourage enthusiastic amateurs from getting anywhere near a camera.
It's at times bold, intimate, unfunny, and discomforting, but it is never anything less than sincere.
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