The other man is Glen (Chris New), an artist. Glen takes out a tape recorder and immediately starts questioning Russell about the night before. They meet again and Glen announces he is leaving for Portland. It will be a passionate, sometimes fierce 48-hour relationship between two individuals who will no doubt think of one another years down the road.
Many great movies have been made with this structure, such as Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset double feature and Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.
While Cullen and New have a terrific chemistry, much of the dialogue they’re given feels contrived. Yes, the topics Haigh wants to explore must be done quickly (after all, it’s only 48 hours for Russell and Glen and 97 minutes for the viewer), but so much comes off forced. And though passionate and intelligent at times, it lacks a certain sweetness until the final scene, which steals directly from both Before Sunrise and Lost in Translation in setting and approach.
There is no denying that a lot of heart went into the film. It has its flaws, but it is honest, bold and personal, a prime example of modern gay cinema.
The Sex Scenes (6:21) are explained by director Haigh.
Audition Tape (10:06): This footage shows actors Cullen and New in two scenes, along with the versions included in Weekend.
Chris New’s Footage (8:35) gives an intimate look behind the scenes of Weekend, with on-set footage shot by New and whoever else opted to hold the camera.
Quinnford + Scout (7:12): Irish team Colin Quinn (not that one) and Oisin Share discuss their work as set photographers on Weekend.
Two Short Films: Included are 2003’s Cahuenga Blvd. (6:06) and 2009’s Five Miles Out (18:13).
Also included with this Criterion Collection Blu-ray is a 16-page booklet featuring an essay titled “The Space Between Two People” by film critic Dennis Lim.