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Weekend follows Russell (newcomer Tom Cullen, Best Actor winner at Nashville), who, after randomly picking up artist Glen (Chris New) at a nightclub on a Friday night, unexpectedly spends most of the next 48 hours with him in bedrooms and bars, telling stories and having sex, while developing a connection that will resonate throughout their lives. This affecting and naturalistic romance is beautifully realized, earning comparisons to Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise in its exploration of how two people can come together only briefly, yet impact each other in a profound way. -- (C)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sexy, provocative, engrossing and occasionally ornery, it should appeal to anyone whose curiosity about someone new has provoked them to question their own identity."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Its final moments offer a vision of what a contemporary romance can achieve: an appreciative gasp of truth, a wet-eyed hope for more."
‑ Kyle MacMillan, Denver Post
"However, to simply call it 'a gay movie' would commit it a great disservice as the fragmented kaleidoscope of fleeting romantic pains and pleasures should resonate with gay and straight audiences in equal measure."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Probably one of the greatest films ever made on the subject of gay love, not because it deals with issues of homosexuality, but because it simply tells a tender, honest, emotionally potent love story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Through two wonderful performances from Tom Cullen and Chris New, writer-director Andrew Haigh has captured the many emotions associated with a new relationship."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
"Cullen and New are British stage actors with little background in film. Haigh's only previous film was a documentary. Perhaps because they don't feel bound by a set of rules, they've created one of the year's most enjoyable surprises."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"One of the truest, most beautiful movies ever made about two strangers."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"A romance that finds intimacy in intense conversation but also a very British film about private and public spaces; a potent mix of the sensually intimate and the politically confrontational."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Weekend works beautifully in the moment, and lingers long after an initial viewing. It's certainly an affair to remember."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Weekend is one of the most impressive films ever made about love. Haigh's confidence and intelligence as a filmmaker, has resulted in a sincere and emotionally engaging film."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"It's a definitive example of naturalistic moviemaking -- you feel you're breathing the air that the characters are breathing."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"If you've ever met someone who changed your life in the space of days, you'll relate to something in this movie."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"For a movie that bares the souls of its characters so completely, Weekend doesn't unfold like a complicated movie. The dialogue is natural, the sex scenes are tender, and the camera never gets in the way of the story."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"Weekend has romance to spare, but also takes a look at the cogs turning under the surface of any thoughtful encounter, however brief."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Made with all the technical disadvantages of a home movie - dirty and confusing sound recording, sloppy camerawork (but here it's intentional, meant to look arty)"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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