Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Top Ten Films of 2011: #6

Directed by Andrew Haigh 
Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New 

It’s rare that a film like “Weekend,” as excitable as it is about the prospect of love, manages to call so many minuscule creative decisions on-the-nose. Only shown up in breaths where it needs to comment on the idealism (or lack thereof) of its two male characters, its floridness is a precious attribute, and Haigh’s subdued ease towards letting nature take its course helps the interaction between Cullen and New to exude pangs of promise and authenticity. I’d be lying if I insisted that the sexuality of the characters wasn't a part of my reason for being so fond of “Weekend,” but the joys of romantic cinema (and those rare films which escape cliché) are about belief, and connecting with emotional beats. The ones in Haigh’s film are painstakingly real, which makes it one of the most beautiful of the year.

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