Rent Weekend (2011)

3.8 of 5 from 132 ratings
1h 33min
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Synopsis:
On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a nightclub, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen. Over the next 48 hours, Russell and Glen become inseparable, gradually forming a tight bond that neither of them could have predicted - one that may change their lives forever.
Actors:
, , Jonathan Race, , , , , , , , , , Julius Metson Scott, , Caroline Woolley, Caroline Cawley
Directors:
Producers:
Tristan Goligher
Writers:
Andrew Haigh
Studio:
Peccadillo Pictures
Genres:
British Films, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/03/2012
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English, Polish
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director and cast interview
  • Director and producer interview
  • Behind the scenes footage
  • Quinnford
  • Scout gallery with commentary
  • Weekend UK premiere at LFF
BBFC:
Release Date:
19/03/2012
Run Time:
93 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Director and Cast Interview
  • Director and Producer Interview
  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Quinnford plus Scout Gallery with Commentary
  • Weekend UK Premiere at LFF

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Reviews (1) of Weekend

simple but poignant - Weekend review by CS

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11/03/2013

reminded me of growing up, the feeling of despair when the right one leaves and leaves that huge feeling of loss, really enjoyed it

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Critic review

Weekend review by Melissa Orcine - Cinema Paradiso

Russell (Tom Cullen) is an unassuming lifeguard at a public pool who goes through life just being himself. He’s gay but looks like has no issues about it. He’s good friends with his all coupled up straight friends and has fun with them. When Russell hits the gay club, he cruises for his own good time.

Next thing he knows, he wakes up with Glen (Chris New), and he is the total opposite of Russell: outspoken and outgoing, with an ongoing project of interviewing his partners – one-night-stands or not – and asking them to open up about their lives. They spend 48 hours together over a course of a ‘Weekend’, and this is a film directed by Andrew Haigh.

‘Weekend’ is an indie film with a message, don’t most indie films do? But it’s not too hard sell in this one. It only wants to show how gays meet, hook up, and maybe, even fall in love. The film is indeed mumblecore; aside from its leads Russell and Glen talking their minds and hearts out about issues and situations that matter to them, they really just want to hang out. Whether they’re making out, making love, or simply cuddling, Russell and Glen will spend their time together wisely and lovingly. No, ‘Weekend’ is not ‘Before Sunset’ for gays but even if it is, it’s a good film to be compared to.

With ‘Weekend’, opening up to another person – emotionally, mentally, and physically – is the key. And talking arrives to a lot of honesty, revelations that draw you out from your shell, and ultimately, becoming freer than you’ll ever be. The sense of urgency between Russell and Glen (the latter will leave the UK and will not return in two years) make for a good devise to flesh each other out, especially Russell, who has a very quiet and introspective way on dealing with his identity. The ‘issues’ they talk about: gay marriage, living their lives without having to be poster boys for a cause, aren’t as dramatic as how gay films are proposed to be. But they’re serious as well.

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