TIFF '18 | Stella Meghie's THE WEEKEND - .@TIFF_NET #TIFF18


TIFF '18 | Stella Meghie's THE WEEKEND

Written and Directed by Stella Meghie
Starring Y'lan Noel, Kym Whitley, Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise


Toronto-born writer-director Stella Meghie (JEAN OF THE JONESES) returns to the Festival with this winsome romantic comedy about old love, new love, and learning to love oneself.  Fronted by Saturday Night Live alumna Sasheer Zamata, THE WEEKEND chronicles three days of seductions, sabotage, and secrets unearthed.
 
Zadie (Zamata) is 29, a stand-up comedian and, as she puts it, “extremely single.”  It has been three years since she split with Bradford (Tone Bell,  Disjointed ), though the two remain close friends.  Close enough that when Zadie invites him to her mother’s bed and breakfast, Bradford brings along his current girlfriend, Margo (DeWanda Wise, She’s Gotta Have It).

As the weekend progresses, no one is spared from Zadie’s acerbic wit - Margo least of all.  If things weren’t uncomfortable enough, the three are soon joined by Aubrey (Y’lan Noel, Insecure ), a handsome stranger from Montreal with no idea what sort of situation he’s checked into.

Jealousies and desires are stoked in tandem.  The isolated B&B, with its bucolic surroundings designed to create an air of tranquility only heightens the tension.  Zadie is smsmart and funny, but also self-absorbed to the point where she cannot see the troubles brewing right under her nose.

Using a pleasingly light touch, Meghie imbues each of her characters with complexity, charisma, and the capacity for change.  By the time the weekend is over, none of them will return to their daily lives without a fresh perspective.

TIFF Screenings:
WORLD PREMIERE: Tuesday, September 11th @ 6:00PM - Ryerson Theatre 
Second Public Screening: Thursday, September 13th @ 9:00PM - Ryerson Theatre 
Third Public Screening: Friday, September 14th @ 4:00PM - TIFF Bell Lightbox

TIFF '18 | Stella Meghie's THE WEEKEND - .@TIFF_NET #TIFF18 TIFF '18 | Stella Meghie's THE WEEKEND - .@TIFF_NET #TIFF18 Reviewed by Tony G on September 10, 2018 Rating: 5

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