There's no future in holding on to the past.
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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 5, 2002
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Strand Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Deborah Kara Unger, Jared Harris & Brooke Shields|
|Performer:||David Conrad, Gena Rowlands, D.B. Sweeney, Gary Dourdan & James Duval|
|Directed by||Brian Skeet|
|Screenwriting by||Brian Skeet|
|Produced by||Ian Benson|
It gets pretty thick, but, thankfully, some of the performances cut through the preciousness. Full Review
Film Journal International
...A film as subtle and incisive as a New York short story....THE WEEKEND is a small film of understated impact...
Los Angeles Times
If I had to spend the weekend with these whiny, pretentious characters, I'd jump in the lake and never come up. Full Review
Rating: 5/10 -- A slow, ponderous and pretentious film, it has a treacly score that fills every crevice of the set. Full Review
An engaging drama about grief based on a novel by Peter Cameron. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
British writer-director Brian Skeet's (THE MISADVENTURES OF MARGARET) second feature is a mixture between LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION! and THE BIG CHILL, and is based on Peter Cameron's novel of the same name. Marian (Deborah Kara Unger) and John Kerr (Jared Harris) are expecting an old friend, Lyle (David Conrad) for a weekend visit to their beautiful upstate New York home. Emotions run high since it is the one-year anniversary of the death of John's brother, the handsome and charismatic Tony (D.B. Sweeney), who had also been Lyle's lover. Marian, who is still inconsolable after losing Tony to AIDS, is upset when Lyle brings his new boyfriend, a young artist, Robert (James Duval). Meanwhile, the situation is just as tense at the Kerr's neighbors house, where oft-widowed, free spirit Laura Ponti (Gena Rowlands) gets a surprise visit from her resentful, angry daughter, Nina (Brooke Shields), and her married lover, Thierry (Gary Dourdan). Matters worsen when the battling mother-daughter duo joins the Kerr household for a dinner party, where the pain-riddled diners engage in a messy emotional showdown. Skeet's film is a studied examination of pain, loss, love and sexuality set against a deceptively lovely, idyllic backdrop.
- Gena Rowlands (Laura Ponti) is best known for starring in several of her husband's, actor-director John Cassavetes' films, and received Best Actress Oscar nominations for two of them: A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE and GLORIA.
- Gena Rowlands's son, Nick Cassavetes, is also an actor and director (SHE'S SO LOVELY).
- Jared Harris (John Kerr) is actor Richard Harris's son.
- Brooke Shields (Nina) also stars in Brian Skeet's first film, THE MISADVENTURES OF MARGARET.
- Brooke Shields's first major film role was as a 12-year-old prostitute in Louis Malle's controversial PRETTY BABY.