ready for love
by Douglas Messerli
Andrew Haigh (writer and director) Weekend / 2011
Andrew Haigh's film Weekend begins quite inauspiciously with a family gathering in a home in what we later discover is Nottingham, England, where Karel Reisz's 1960 working class drama, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning was filmed. The major character in Haigh's movie, Russell (Tom Cullen) at first might seem little different from Arthur Seaton (Albert Finney) in that earlier film, a working class bloke whose major activities include boozing and sex. Indeed, the first thing that happens when he appears at his friends' house—later than expected—is that Russell is handed a drink. Three males hover on the couch about the telly in much the way that straight Americans pray at the weekend alter of football and baseball games.