Easygoing, open-hearted Russell (Tom Cullen) meets outspoken, sharp-tongued Glen (Chris New) at a club on a Friday night. Over the following couple of days, they hang out, talk, have sex, eat, party and possibly fall in love. More or less a two-hander shot in chronological sequence, Andrew Haigh’s new feature is an elegant and affecting miniature, the slow-burning intensity of its central relationship expressed through potent performances and marshalled through smart framing and lean editing. Haigh builds on the intriguing promise of his debut, ‘Greek Pete’, which also mined digital video’s peculiar tendency to blur lines between performative registers; the characters in ‘Weekend’ might not acknowledge the camera but they do probe the idea of the self as an act of performance. Avoiding gay-movie clichés while engaging with contemporary queer issues, the film is nevertheless of more than niche appeal; provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity.
|Release date:||Friday November 4 2011|
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