8 February 2012: Weekend

7.30pm Amersham Arms

UK 2011 | 97 minutes | Certificate 18

Weekend is perhaps the best British film of 2011 – a fascinating, intimate and moving film that has become a major cross-over hit in UK cinemas.

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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REVIEWS

“Andrew Haigh’s study of a temporary relationship… is eloquently directed, acted with conviction and, above all, written with a shrewd feeling for truth” EVENING STANDARD

“It’s nakedly truthful but also graceful in its construction. Haigh’s film is written with a shrewd, unpretentious feel for the way young people behave when they’re getting to know each other, shot with a keen eye for urban solitude, and completely nails its seemingly modest tasks: frank talk about the challenges and politics of growing up gay, which never underlines itself or comes crashing down on us as a message. It could all be beautifully thought out and still not work without the chemistry and ignition the actors provide. They’re so persuasive as a couple that the future – which poses one huge problem – quivers as they discuss it. Their bond hangs in the balance, but the film’s pure human warmth radiates long after you’ve left.” TELEGRAPH

“Weekend has something urgent to say to both gay and straight audiences about the windows of opportunity in our lives… Haigh’s concern is always to refocus our attention on to a lower-key, but in its way far more sensational, subject: how Glen and Russell are going to work out their problems and find love. It is a tender, humane film, with an easy, unforced cinematic language: a film that doesn’t need to try too hard.” GUARDIAN

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