Sunday, November 13, 2011


Movie Name: Weekend
Year of Release: 2011
Director: Andrew Haigh
Stars: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Laura Freeman, Vauxhall Jermaine
Genre: Drama
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

"Weekend" is Andrew Haigh's long feature debut, following shorts and a docudrama and an extensive experience as an assistant editor. The film follows the story of Russell, a young man who while out in a club, meets Glen. What initially starts as a sexual encounter, slowly progresses to something more profound, as both young men start learning more about each other. That process however comes to a halt, once Glen reveals he's moving to America to pursue his art studies.
Andrew Haigh has built with "Weekend" a film that is insightful, naturalistic and intimistic. The viewer becomes almost a third person, viewing a relationship blossom and grow from what is apparently a casual encounter. The film lives from their closeness, their interactions. Both actors are great, Tom Cullen and Chris New, create characters that are flawed, real and anguished. This is a small gem of a film waiting to be discovered.