Andrew Haigh, the filmmaker of WEEKEND (shown at right: he wrote, directed and edited the movie) has done a splendid job of this, coaxing two tremendously real performances (or maybe he simply allowed his two leading actors to "be") that are spot-on for the film's entire 96 minutes. The movie has the look and feel of improvisa-tion yet the writing is full of smart, quick, well-chosen dialog that helps create character, even as it advances the plot (such as it is) and fills us in on people, place, time frame, history, the lot.
Tom Cullen, above, left) and Glen (Chris New, right). So this year's top "relationship" movie thus far is, ummm, about gays. Because of the skill with which Mr. Haigh has guided his film and brought it home, it is easy to understand what all the advance press and praise is about. And the film will certainly play well to intelligent gay audiences. It might also play as well to straight audiences -- if they will let it. I suspect not, but still, we must live in hope.
Godard movie; there's no connection) as soon as you can, before you hear too much and either expect too much or have certain scenes spoiled.
Sundance Selects, opens this Friday, September 23, in New York City at IFC Center -- with a national rollout to follow. Click here and then scroll to the right to see upcoming release dates, cities and theaters.