Long Weekend, The (1988): Araki’s Second Feature

The Long Weekend (aka O’ Despair), Gregg Araki’s second feature, was aesthetically similar to the first, a low-budgeter shot in black-and-white. Centering again on “fucked-up people,” it was made with a light parodic touch, combined with sympathy for the malaise of youth culture.

Gay Directors, Gay Films? By Emanuel Levy (Columbia University Press, August 2015).

Some young marginals, gay and straight, gather at the apartment of a depressed friend and spend the weekend trying to figure out their confused identities and troubled relationships.