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.
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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
A deeply touching film with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, a wonderful score and a remarkable debut direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what stands out more than anything else here is Colin Firth's fantastic leading performance.
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.
One of the best of the year. Absolutely beautiful on every level. Stunning performances.
I heart Tom Ford.
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