TIFF 2018 Review: The Weekend
The Weekend, written and directed by Stella Meghie stars Sasheer Zamata as Zadie, a struggling comedian who is doing her best despite still recovering from a breakup three years ago with her ex, Bradford (Tone Bell). Zadie is invited to spend the weekend with Bradford and his new girlfriend, Margo (DeWanda Wise).
As they begin the awkward journey to Zadie’s mother and father’s bed and breakfast, it becomes evident that Margo and Zadie are different people and this weekend will be anything but easy for them all. Once at the bed and breakfast, Zadie must face that things have changed not only between Bradford and her but also within her family. A guest (Y’lan Noel) at the bed and breakfast brings a new dynamic to the group and may stir up some emotions as well.
What works so well in The Weekend is the hilarious and authentic script written by Stella Meghie. The material is gold with such quick biting humor delivered by Zamata with such ease and precision. Meghie has written a well-rounded and likable female character who recognizes her flaws. The rest of the characters have such chemistry that works so well. In films like this that focus on characters, the chemistry between the characters is incredibly important, and each one of these actors delivers and perfectly plays their part.
While there are some pacing issues in the second half of the film, all in all, The Weekend is a wonderful little film that shines because of the performances by the actors, particularly Sasheer Zamata, and the funny and sharp script written by Stella Meghie.