The Weekend | Chicago Reader

The Weekend

A young, well-to-do couple in upstate New York (Jared Harris, Deborah Kara Unger) struggle with anxiety and painful memories when the former lover of the husband's dead brother arrives for a weekend visit with his new boyfriend. Down the road, the imposing widow of a famous architect (Gena Rowlands) engages in a psychological tug-of-war with her daughter (Brooke Shields), a movie starlet who fools around with married men. Brian Skeet (The Misadventures of Margaret) wrote and directed this adaptation of Peter Cameron's novel, showing a strong ear for the rhythms of intimate conversation as the two dysfunctional households edge toward their climactic dinner together. Rowlands and Unger deliver sensitive performances, Shields is surprisingly good, and cinematographer Ron Fortunato bathes the exteriors in summer glow. With D.B. Sweeney. 97 min.



  • Brian Skeet


  • Deborah Kara Unger
  • Jared Harris
  • D.B. Sweeney
  • Gena Rowlands
  • Brooke Shields
  • David Conrad
  • James Duval
  • Gary Dourdan


  • Brian Skeet
  • Peter Cameron


  • Andrew Holmes
  • Ian Benson
  • Janette Day
  • Pippa Cross
  • Richard Turner
  • Roger Davies

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