• 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 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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  • By Evan H.
    March 24, 2016
    04:17 PM

    I thought this was a film that you would sit down to watch, thinking of nothing more than it being a good way to spend a few hours rather than watching TV or clips online. At the end of the film; however, you are so truly moved, saddened, and filled with such a bittersweet inspiration that you need to get out and create something.
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