Every moment advances the push and pull between Russell and Glen, which represents the classic argument between two closet romantics who repress that romanticism in differing fashions. Weekend is a study of the minute physical specifics of an instant attraction that, by the end of the film, has probably blossomed into a love that might trigger two personal reckonings.
As a one-night stand turns into something more, the film captures a truth most others only imply: to meet someone new, not least a potential partner, is also to rethink who you are, an invitation to shape and refine the self you wish to be. As one of the protagonists puts it: “You become this blank canvas.”
Knowing that intelligent audiences will ultimately respond to specificity rather than generics, Haigh actually created the crossover movie about same-sex relationships we all (should) have been waiting for. Defiant yet never strident, Weekend can’t help but be a political film, yet it comes at its social progressivism simply by being true to itself.