A Single Man (2009)
Critic Consensus: Though the costumes are beautiful and the art direction impeccable, what stands out most from this debut by fashion designer Tom Ford is the leading performance by Colin Firth.
In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. … More
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as George Falconer
as Mrs. Strunk
as Jennifer Strunk
as Mr. Strunk
as Christopher Strunk
as Tom Strunk
as Blonde Secretary
as Other Secretary #1
as Other Secretary #2
as Young Boy
as Young Woman
as Bank Teller
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Critic Reviews for A Single Man
What the film does fumble is the relationship between George and a student (Nicholas Hoult) whose gaydar he must have set off.
A rare thing-a mainstream, melancholy love story, haunted by the past.
Ford's film is an addict for prettiness and in the process resembles an excessively over-designed photo shoot rather than a film.
What keeps the film anchored is the growing unease that Firth exudes in quiet, crushing waves. He's always at his best, single-handed.
...offers a raw view of the gay experience that has nothing to do with sex.
Audience Reviews for A Single Man
Warning spoilers! Colin Firth gives a great performance. Set in the 1960s Colin is a college professor in LA. He gets devastating news about his partner of 16 years, who died in an accident and Colin isn't welcome to the funeral. He decides he is going to commit suicide. After interactions with different characters he decides not to do it but iconically suffers a heart attack.
This film is beautiful!, in every way possible: dazzling cinematography, impeccable costumes and art direction, a wonderful score and one remarkable debut direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what stands out most is certainly Colin Firth's amazing leading performance.
One of the best of the year. Absolutely beautiful on every level. Stunning performances.
I heart Tom Ford.
A Single Man Quotes
|Kenny:||I just wanted to see you some place other than school.|
|Kenny:||Sometimes I think I'm crazy cos I see things so differently to everyone else. I feel like I can talk to you. To honest ,sir,I was also worried about you today.|
|George Falconer:||Me? What's there to worry about? I'm fine...I'm ...I'm fine...|
|George Falconer:||You know, the only thing that's made the whole thing worthwhile has been those few times when I've been able to really, truly connect with another human being.|
|George Falconer:||Looking in the mirror staring back at me isn't so much a face as the expression of a predicament.|
|George Falconer:||A few times in my life I've had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.|
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