• In conceiving his film Weekend, British writer-editor-director Andrew Haigh posed a challenge to himself—to create a tale of two men falling in love that would both honestly reflect the contemporary gay experience and appeal to a wider, heterosexual audience. There’s no question that he succeeded, as the delicate yet frank Weekend was a crossover hit in the U.K. and the U.S. in 2011. In the following clip, from an interview included on Criterion’s new special edition of the film, Haigh talks about this “tricky balance.”

    Now get a glimpse of Haigh’s lovely, naturalistic style of filmmaking. In this short scene, Weekend’s main characters, the reserved Russell (Tom Cullen) and the outspoken, clever Glen (Chris New), who have already had what they expected to be a one-night stand, find themselves slowly getting to know each other in a more relaxed way. It’s one of many elegant, flirtatious pas de deux that make up the film, which charts a blossoming romance between two seeming opposites.

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  • By James
    August 20, 2012
    04:25 PM

    WEEKEND is one of the most poignant dramas I've seen in recent years ... Its matter-of-fact treatment of gay life is welcome, even while its storyline is universal. The final scenes are so sublime, so touching, that they leave an indelible imprint on the viewer. I cannot recommend this movie more highly -- and congratulations to Criterion for putting it out in their usual beautiful format.
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  • By Callum
    August 21, 2012
    08:18 AM

    Andrew Haigh is such a breath of fresh air for contemporary British cinema and for so called "Gay" cinema. He is such a perceptive man, both in his conversation and in his films. The scene which accompanies the clip of Haigh talking is just superb. I mean, how many films do you know where two characters are perfectly defined in a two minute scene in a conversation about a mug? Just beautiful stuff.
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  • By Craig J. Clark
    August 21, 2012
    09:17 AM

    I've been dying to see this ever since it came out last year. So happy it's getting the Criterion treatment.
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