Nights and Weekends
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Distance is not always measured in miles.
Mattie and James are in love and living in separate cities. But too many mornings and too many miles apart have taken a toll on them. As they both struggle with the distance between New York and Chicago, their visits become reminders of the difficulties rather than the pleasures of their relationship. Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig follow their collaborations on HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS and LOL with an intimate portrayal of coupling, longing and raw emotional vulnerability. This time Swanberg co-stars with Gerwig, and Gerwig co-directs with Swanberg, creating a startlingly honest adult drama that Salon.com hails as ...erotic and electrifying. This is a new-school independent film with old-school integrity. NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS is a knockout!
Authentically raw... courageous in its high-wire, soul baring acting --Steve Rose, The Guardian
Swanberg and Gerwig have a gift for constructing the kind of moments rarely seen in contemporary American independent film. --Noel Murray, The AV Club
Top Customer Reviews
That is certainly the case with "Nights and Weekends". Largely a two person piece, it concerns Swanberg and co-star/co-writer/co-director Greta Gerwig as they navigate the tribulations of a long distance relationship and the changes that often come with that situation. Swanberg and Gerwig have the familiar chemistry that makes their romantic relationship in this piece entirely believable and makes the bumps in the road and the changes along the way even more real and poignant. Anyone who's ever been in a long-distance relationship will recognize the grappling for re-connection- are we still in sync now that we're not living side by side? It's heart-felt stuff, and we especially are given private glimpses of Gerwig coping with the anxiety of the situation in between her encounters with Swanberg. As often the case in real life, there aren't any good guys or bad guys in this story- just two people finding their way.
With such tight focus some viewers are likely to feel claustrophobic where others feel sustained intimacy but there are enough scenes that open up into the wider world of places and people--however briefly-- that the overall effect is unlike say 'Before Sunrise' or 'Tape'.
Although there is some very interesting conversation there is not much in the way of compelling dialogue (put in the mouths of actors typical of other such tightly focused films). This thing goes for show instead of tell and is able to stick to an emotional core with such honesty and true-to-life-ness it is as though there is no camera but the viewer's eye.
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