Review: Weekend

By Matthew Kon

An honest piece of cinematography, showing a true depiction of life and its inner reflections, Weekend is a film unlike any other. It shows the developing relationship of two men from the start of a casual, alcohol-and-sex induced Friday night, ending on an inescapable Sunday afternoon. Within these 48 hours, the pair is subjected to life’s harsh realities, accepting that they must go their own separate ways.

The trailer for Weekend is gripping and compelling, enough to have made me go to London to watch it. It shows enough of the story to make you fall for one of the characters, and yet gives enough space to allow you to yearn for more in the film. Watching it, you realize that the quality of acting and directorship is second to none. Both actors show a real understanding to the characters that they embody, and it would only be possible given their experience: Chris New who plays ‘Glen’ was nominated for the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer beforehand. As a testament to Weekend, Tom Cullen won Best actor at the Nashville Film Festival for his portrayal of ‘Russell’.

For once, there is no façade in place, and no pretense in deceiving the audience. A veil of camp mysticism usually seen in many gay genres is taken away. The usual stereotypical characters associated have been shushed away to allow a more sensual portrayal of this man-meets-man setting. In any case, this film shouldn’t be associated with any typical gay genre movie; the brutal truth showing how these characters have to live their lives around the expectations of society encompass a deeper appreciation to its name.

If you do happen to see this, I hope that on one level you will appreciate to some extent the lengths to which these characters undergo in living within a hetero-normative society; on another level, I hope you consider that these lengths are still part of the light suppression that many LGB people feel on a daily basis.

Perhaps I watched Weekend at a time where I was personally more susceptible to heartbreaking storylines, indulging in some depressing self-depreciation. What I would like to urge you to do however, for no better reason than doing something different, is to watch it. This film is certainly no Bad Romance, and I hope that it enlightens you to a similar extent as it did me.

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