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Weekend (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2011)

Tom Cullen , Chris New , Andrew Haigh  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cullen, Chris New
  • Directors: Andrew Haigh
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083V2W3G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, approved by director Andrew Haigh
  • New program featuring interviews with Haigh, Pontikos and more
  • New interview with Haigh on the film's sex scenes
  • On-set video footage shot by New and others, and two scenes from auditions
  • Video essay on the film's set photographers, Oisin Share and Colin Quinn
  • Cahuenga Blvd. (2005) and Five Miles Out (2009), two short films
  • Trailer
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Dennis Lim

  • Editorial Reviews

    This sensual, remarkably observed, beautifully acted wonder is the breakout feature from British writer-director-editor Andrew Haigh (Greek Pete). Rarely has a film been as honest about sexuality—in both depiction and discussion—as this tale of a one-night-stand that develops into a weekend-long idyll for two very different young men (exciting newcomers Tom Cullen and Chris New) in Midlands England. It’s an emotionally naked film that’s both an invaluable snapshot of the complexities of contemporary gay living and a universally identifiable portrait of a love affair.

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    88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
    I always appreciate when a big label like Criterion courts smaller noteworthy offerings that might not ordinarily receive a big distribution. Taking on Andrew Haigh's "Weekend" is certainly one of their more interesting offerings. Some might consider it a niche choice with its homosexual themes and same sex coupling, but "Weekend" has a lot to say about how people (of any gender or orientation) connect or don't connect in the modern world. It is a small film, to be sure, that is graced with both a minimalism and a naturalism that might remind you of Mike Leigh's most organic projects. The narrative takes place over the course of one weekend largely within the confines of an apartment. It is a piece that is bolstered by a thoughtful screenplay and two great performances. If you're looking for a big story, this micro-budgeted indie is NOT the picture for you. But if you enjoy realistic dialogue about the human condition, about life, about love and relationships--there is plenty to be admired here.

    Basically, "Weekend" is structured as a brief encounter, a fleeting moment. A relationship in microcosm is played out over a couple of days. The film is completely understated and its quiet effectiveness might sneak up on you. It's a typical enough story, I suppose. Russell (Tom Cullen) heads out to a club looking for some action and as the evening comes to a close, he ends up going home with Glen (Chris New). Neither is under the illusion that this is anything other than a hook-up. In fact, it doesn't appear that the two men share much common ground. What follows is an encounter fueled by drinking, drugs, and sex. But unexpectedly, they also let down their guards and really start to connect. In many ways, "Weekend" is about that moment where two people fall in love.
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    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
    Weekend is a film that can be blatantly described as a Gay/ lesbian film. But the irony of handing it that title is that Weekend itself is a terrific analyzation of the boundaries often placed between the gay community and the straight community. In this film we follow two gay men who have just met: Russell (Tom Cullen): A life Guard who is still a tad insecure about his sexuality, and Glen (Chris New) an outed artist who plans to go to America to flee the boundaries that hold him back in England. The film follows the two over the course of one weekend, the majority spent in Russell's small apartment, where the two men learn about each other, have sex, and have fascinating conversations pertaining to the stigmas placed on homosexuals in a "Straight" world. It is somewhat cliché now to describe a film as having a "documentary feel", but what other way is there to describe Weekend? Here is a film that is so intimate, so realistically acted and full of moments so private that it is impossible to look away. The performances are magnetic and unforgettable while the script is one of immense intelligence.

    At its core the film deals with homosexual issues yes, but does that mean it is only for gays and lesbians? Only if you're one of those people who also think Spike Lee films and Roots are only for black people. If anything this is a film that should be viewed more so by straight people. It is a superb document on the humanization of homosexuals. It shows us that we all are pining for the same existential things: Acceptance and love. Those two things might be wrapped in different looking packages between different people, but beneath the exterior the same kind of love is there. For that insightful revelation alone I would recommend Andrew Haigh's Weekend, but there is so much more to it.
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    30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Romance is alive in gay cinema March 4, 2012
    By Wld8hrt
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    One of the most romantic gay films I have ever seen. The reviewer before me must be even more cynical than I am to have totally missed out on the chemistry that these two have. They are not your typical gay characters, in fact it just so happens they are gay. No "after school special" or "Lifetime" feel here. No tragic illness or event. Just good conversation and attraction.

    The end practically left me in tears. The relationship that builds between the two is a joy to watch.

    I am not easily entertained and especially critical of film. I usually prefer more cerebral fare like David Lynch or Woody Allen. But once in a great while a film comes along that surprises you and touches your heart (and not by manipulation ala New Years Day, etc.). Sit back and watch these two very different people in a realistic portrayal of discovering each other and themselves.
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    36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    My partner and I saw this movie in NYC at the IFC Theatre a few months ago, and it really moved us. We're not young, not into drug culture, and weren't seeing it hoping for a glimpse of some eye candy. We had read a review in The New York Times, checked it on Rotten Tomatoes and seen what a high rating both critics AND audiences alike had given it, and that was the draw for us. What a raw and beautiful film...!!

    The two lead characters in the movie have very little in common, at least in my estimation, except for the fact that they're both gay, young, attractive, and affected by the slings and arrows of surviving in a predominantly straight world. They're very opposite, and therein lies the attraction. Yes, they use recreational drugs like a lot of gay youth. I think the movie does a good job of exploring the demons that cause them to have the kind of low self-worth that drives many gay people to abuse substances. Yet, there is a beauty in the love that develops very quickly between them--despite their self-destructive tendencies. Much bubbles to the surface in their drug fueled time together that might otherwise lie dormant if substances weren't being used, and the crashing down of walls that is the result.

    Seldom have I seen a film of such gritty honesty. It is uncomfortable seeing the story unfold. But somehow it manages to crawl under the skin with the precision of a microscope of acuity, revealing so much about what drives us gay humans to the extremes that a marginalized existence sometimes does. I thought it said more about how societal pressures, whether real or imagined, get in the way of gay people being able to just live and love. A must see!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Affecting
    Excellent movie. Four stars because of the overuse (to me) of close-ups and the sound, in general. I wish the ambient noise had been toned down a bit and maybe not so realistic. Read more
    Published 5 days ago by Lilyrose
    1.0 out of 5 stars Useless dvd
    DVD will not play due to a crack in the center.
    Published 12 days ago by Jeffrey Ellis
    2.0 out of 5 stars LIKE LISTENING TO PAINT DRY
    This film provides proof that Independent Gay Independent Film-Makers can make films that are just as vapid and tedious as some of the films made by Straight Independent... Read more
    Published 20 days ago by RANDEL
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not my idea of a classic but very much worth seeing
    It's surprising how many people have called this the new great gay romance, but in the age of gay hookup websites and apps, this is the ultimate fantasy of that generation, hoping... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by IntoMoYouKnow
    5.0 out of 5 stars lovely story
    An unexpected romance developes between two Nottingham men over a single weekend. It touches both to the core, enoldening one man to embrace his sexuality with friends and in... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Bruce D. Parker
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not our cup of tea
    A movie about gay lovers. No connection whatsoever, for none of us is gay, or into the gay lifestyle. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Eddie Wannabee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best gay movie ever!!!
    I have watched this on Netflix so many times and cried a few. I was worried Netflix was going to remove it at some point so I bought it. It's a story most gay men can relate to. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Joshua
    3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
    I can understand why this wasn't a real threat at the awards shows. It is a little on the slow side and has comparatively little actual action in it. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Steven Goldstein
    3.0 out of 5 stars A 3-Day Romance
    Not bad for a gay movie. It was well-acted, and the
    plot was plausible. I was just disappointed with the
    ending, as the two main characters didn't end up
    Published 3 months ago by cgwoolley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good
    Touching. Although I agree with others about the drugs. They were so loaded, it made me doubt the super quick relationship development.
    Published 3 months ago by MarkS
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