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Weekend (2011)



Average Rating: 8/10
Reviews Counted: 77
Fresh: 73 | Rotten: 4

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


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 1

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



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Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New) at a nightclub on a Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories and having sex, while developing a connection that will resonate throughout their lives. This affecting and naturalistic romance is beautifully realized, earning comparisons to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise in its exploration of how


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Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity.

November 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Cullen and New are British stage actors with little background in film. Haigh's only previous film was a documentary. Perhaps because they don't feel bound by a set of rules, they've created one of the year's most enjoyable surprises.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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It's a definitive example of naturalistic moviemaking -- you feel you're breathing the air that the characters are breathing.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Its final moments offer a vision of what a contemporary romance can achieve: an appreciative gasp of truth, a wet-eyed hope for more.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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If you've ever met someone who changed your life in the space of days, you'll relate to something in this movie.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Slate
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However, to simply call it 'a gay movie' would commit it a great disservice as the fragmented kaleidoscope of fleeting romantic pains and pleasures should resonate with gay and straight audiences in equal measure.

September 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

A romance that finds intimacy in intense conversation but also a very British film about private and public spaces; a potent mix of the sensually intimate and the politically confrontational.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

For a movie that bares the souls of its characters so completely, Weekend doesn't unfold like a complicated movie. The dialogue is natural, the sex scenes are tender, and the camera never gets in the way of the story.

September 4, 2012 Full Review Source:

Probably one of the greatest films ever made on the subject of gay love, not because it deals with issues of homosexuality, but because it simply tells a tender, honest, emotionally potent love story.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Weekend works beautifully in the moment, and lingers long after an initial viewing. It's certainly an affair to remember.

August 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Weekend has romance to spare, but also takes a look at the cogs turning under the surface of any thoughtful encounter, however brief.

March 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4

Through two wonderful performances from Tom Cullen and Chris New, writer-director Andrew Haigh has captured the many emotions associated with a new relationship.

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

Weekend is one of the most impressive films ever made about love. Haigh's confidence and intelligence as a filmmaker, has resulted in a sincere and emotionally engaging film.

January 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

Made with all the technical disadvantages of a home movie - dirty and confusing sound recording, sloppy camerawork (but here it's intentional, meant to look arty)

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

In an intimate exploration of its central relationship, this boy meets boy story addresses all the issues of being gay and meets them head on

January 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A stunningly simple, nearly perfect example of a romance movie whose burgeoning couple just happens to be gay.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies
Knight at the Movies

The best film of 2011.

January 7, 2012 Full Review Source: What the Flick?!

Simplicity personified... character- and emotion-driven cinema at its purest and densest and most haunting.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Part of the brilliance of Haigh's film is how specific the characterizations are of his two main characters, how their different natures both allow for the possibility of love and impede it.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Deserves to find a place in the hearts of wistful romantics everywhere, no matter what their sexual preference.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comments (2)
Eye for Film

It's splendidly played with an understated intensity that deftly captures the shifting emotional tone of the relationship.

November 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Weekend is finally a deeply romantic film, assured of the pleasure that one person can find in another, but rooted in the quirks and textures of contemporary British life.

November 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Offers up the kind of subtle, truthful relationship drama that's all too rare in cinema.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

There's a fresh, sweaty, honest, unpretentious air to it, and when they part, with Glen on his way to spend a year working in Portland, Oregon, we genuinely believe that something like love has come into their yearning lives.

November 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Writer-director Andrew Haigh has a delicate, sensitive touch, and this is appealing as a simple peek into modern romance... but there's a sense of wishful thinking -- or even desperation -- that I suspect is not intended here.

November 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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Audience Reviews for Weekend

The film is very one dimensional, but looking back, it was quite beautiful in its simplicity. The chemistry is great, and the acting is excellent. Everything is visceral, real, intense, natural, and intimate. Nothing is forced and nothing is feigned. It's artistic in its minimalist style as well, and definitely worth seeing again.
March 18, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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A beautifully filmed slice of life and romantic encounter between two men. A Gay Before Sunrise is a lazy description but I suppose it is pretty accurate although I would say Weekend is a little more real. Tom Cullen got a lot of praise for his performance, which I thought was good but I have to say I was a little more impressed by Chris New and look forward to seeing more from him. This is such a simple and sweat story, I'm so glad it was treated as such with a cliche free feeling about it and good dialogue and character development, it really is a film you can get lost in. Looking forward to seeing more from Andrew Haigh.
February 27, 2013

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I've heard that "Weekend" is an honest portrayal of a homosexual hookup - I'll have to take the "experts" word for it, having never encountered one myself, however I will say that in regards to ANY relationship this film is indeed an honest portrayal of that mystery of first encounter.

As the crisp dialog of writer director Andrew Haigh so succinctly puts it, "that first meeting is like a blank page, and you write on it with how you want to be perceived". Yep, there's plenty of truth in that statement, regardless of your sexual orientation, and indeed, the writing here is solid throughout, as are the performances of what essentially becomes a two person play with peripheral characters added. Both Tom Cullen and Chris New are so very natural in their performances as two gay men who hook up in a bar one night, spend much of the next morning talking deep topics, and then decide to meet again that night. Much is conveyed in this one weekend and one can say that one life was changed and with the second... well, there's always hope.

While gay topics are discussed here (and a warning, there are gay "situations" shown, so if you're homophobic... well, I doubt that you'd be seeing this film to begin with (though what it has to say about human desire and that nasty four letter word "love" makes this a worthwhile view in spite of being couched in gayness).

The questions asked in the film and its almost poetic story arc are deep and sincere, and while I give Haigh the writer full marks, while Haigh the director, well, not so much in spite of creating an environment where the camera often seems to be a fly on the wall, simply a witness to what happens. Haigh nicely shoots around and through things - for example shooting between two bodies in a bar as we listen in to a conversation; or the climatic scene where the camera is behind a chain link fence (adding a feeling, not only of realism, but of the characters being, for lack of a better term: trapped). These scenes show a deft artfulness which makes the terrible editing all the more jarring. No dissolves or fades, just quick cut from scene to scene. This could be budgetary, but could just as likely have been a "creative" choice to appear "artsy" - in any event, it's jarring and plain and simple takes you right out of "being there" within the film. The same holds true for the sound track - while being uber natural, it came as a big distraction that much of the words during an important scene were buried beneath the crinkle of a candy bar wrapper. Similarly there is another scene where the script is rendered all but unintelligible by the fact that New is speaking while his face and mouth are partially buried in a pillow - making for a nice visual, but losing the import of the words is not a fair trade off.

However, Haight does an admirable job of letting you feel what Cullen is going through; an orphan who, in spite of having straight friends, feels out of step with the world around him, and oft times painfully alone. That he opens himself to New is deftly handled - and the wonder and fear of love, with all of its possibilities is on raw display and therefore a worthwhile view.
January 1, 2013
paul sandberg

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A brutally honest, revelatory film about two strangers and the effect they have on each other lives over a span of 48 hours. It's the most beautiful film about two strangers, I think. The two leads Tom Cullen and Chris New are superb here, and their chemistry is what works best. Whether the viewer is straight, bi, or gay, they will connect with the characters in some profound way. The film will linger after the first viewing; if you have ever met someone who has changed your life within a few days, you will relate to this film. Weekend, is sensationally acted, beautifully realized and full of honesty and mostly concerned with something one might not expect, the human heart.
October 20, 2012
Raymond Wieser

Super Reviewer

    1. Glen: Look, straight people like us as long as we conform, behave by their little rules. Imagine your friends, if you suddenly started getting all really political about being a fag or you got suddenly like camp or swishy or talked about rimming all the time.
    2. Russell: Yeah, but that's not what i' m like, is it? That's not who i am.
    3. Glen: Well, trust me they like it, as long as we don't shove it down their throats.
    4. Russell: OK, well, why should i just shove it down their throats?
    5. Glen: Because they shove it down our throats all the time, being straight... straight story lines on television, everywhere, in books, on billboards, magazines, everywhere. But, oh, the gays, the gays... (gasps) We mustn't upset the straights. Shh, watch out, the straights are coming. Let's not upset them, let's hide in our little ghettos, let's not hold hands, let's not kiss in the street, no.
    – Submitted by Stan B (2 years ago)
    1. Russell: Dad? I got something I need to tell you.
    2. Glen: [pretending to be Russell's dad] What's that?
    3. Russell: I'm gay.
    4. Glen: [pretends to think] Hmm.
    5. Russell: I like guys, not girls.
    6. Glen: [breathes out slowly] Well. You know what, son. It doesn't matter to me. I love you just the same. And guess what?
    7. Russell: What?
    8. Glen: I couldn't be more proud of you than if you were the first man on the moon.
    – Submitted by Zaenal A (2 years ago)
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