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Weekend (II) (2011)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  4 November 2011 (UK)
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After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

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Russell
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Glen
Jonathan Race ...
Jamie
Laura Freeman ...
Jill
Loreto Murray ...
Cathy (as Loretto Murray)
Jonathan Wright ...
Johnny
Sarah Churm ...
Helen
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Damien
Joe Doherty ...
Justin
Kieran Hardcastle ...
Sam
Mark Devenport ...
Straight Man in Bar (as Mark Davenport)
Steve Blackman ...
Straight Man in Bar
Julius Metson Scott ...
Paul
Martin Arrowsmith ...
Martin
Caroline Woolley ...
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On a Friday night after a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. That weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is a brief encounter that will resonate throughout their lives. Weekend is both an honest and unapologetic love story between two guys and a film about the universal struggle for an authentic life in all its forms. It is about the search for identity and the importance of making a passionate commitment to your life. Written by Andrew Haigh

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A (sort of) love story between two guys over a cold weekend in October.

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4 November 2011 (UK)  »

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Weekend  »

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Budget:

£120,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,245 (USA) (23 September 2011)

Gross:

$469,947 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Weekend was shot entirely on location in Nottingham, UK. See more »

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When Russell asks Glen what time his train is later that day, Glen informs him it is around 4.30pm. Later on when Russell is in the train station's main room waiting for Glen to appear, an announcement is heard in the background clearly indicating that one of the next trains to depart the station is the 18:37pm for Birmingham New Street. See more »

Quotes

Russell: I moved around in foster homes until I was about sixteen.
Glen: [softly] Mm-hm. Fuck.
Russell: Met my best mate there, Jamie, when we were twelve. Erm yeah, it was nice, we just went around as a pair.
Glen: Fucking hell. What was it like?
Russell: What?
Glen: Being "in care".
Russell: It was fine. I mean, I wasn't abused or anything.
Glen: Shame, you should've got a refund. Do they know about you?
Russell: Who?
Glen: Jamie?
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Weekend is realism at its best.
8 November 2011 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It is a delight to see a film that makes no concessions in the telling of its story. Everything about the film is as it should be. The dialogue is funny, witty, sad, provoking but spoken in a manner you'd expect from the characters. The writer never shied away from the language these people would use or stop them acting as they would in the circumstances. The themes are adult and again honest, but it is not an "adult film". Nothing is gratuitous, not one second of the film is wasted as the story is perfectly pitched. At times it is crude and would shock your granny, but it's an honest slice of life.

If you only like high-tech, action packed films, it isn't for you. If you like a well written story, realistically portrayed, wonderfully produced and brilliantly acted films, then this is a little gem of a film and it will be your loss if you miss it.

Weekend is everything that is brilliant about British Independent Cinema delightfully packaged into one film. Best film I've seen this year by far.


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