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With: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race, Laura Freeman, Jonathan Wright, Loretto Murray
Written by: Andrew Haigh
Directed by: Andrew Haigh
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 97
Date: 03/11/2011

Weekend (2011)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Sunday Best

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Andrew Haigh's Weekend is 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.

In England, Russell (Tom Cullen) works as a lifeguard. Though he's openly gay, he doesn't exactly flaunt it. One night, he slips away from a dinner party and goes to a club. He spots Glen (Chris New), a smaller man, but with a much larger personality. They go to bed together and when they wake up, Glen asks Russell to talk about their night into his tape recorder. Thus begins a complicated weekend that should have ended as a one-night stand but continues into something special.

Haigh spends a considerable amount of time on intimate dialogue scenes, but he doesn't forget about visuals, and using the city as a backdrop. Now the Criterion has bestowed the honor of a DVD and Blu-ray release upon this wonderful little film. It deserves your attention.

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