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Weekend's gay romance is remarkably unremarkable

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Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) embark on a realistically imperfect romance in Weekend.
PHOTO BY QUINNFORD & SCOUT

Weekend makes its small but somehow stirring impact for a number of reasons, but not least because it's British working-class anti-miserabilism — the Angry Young Man conventions so taken for granted that simply being working class no longer means anyone actually has to be angry. Despite a fag-baiting catcall or two, the problems these blokes face aren't social (they've both got accepting straight friends, if not family) but internal. Two strangers connecting despite themselves is such an intricate thing it's no wonder movies seldom get it this right. *

 

WEEKEND opens Fri/7 in Bay Area theaters.

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