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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as George Falconer
as Mrs. Strunk
as Blonde Secretary
as Jennifer Strunk
as Young Woman
as Young Boy
as Mr. Strunk
as Bank Teller
as Christopher Strunk
as Other Secretary #1
as Tom Strunk
as Other Secretary #2
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Critic Reviews for A Single Man
Firth's portrayal of a man repressing his grief while being unable to repress his instinct for love and for life is excellent and moving, while Ford's balancing of depth and surface is precarious but ultimately winning.
Ford's eye for period detail is exact; brief cutaways, incisive dialogue, and charged glances telegraph the cold-war paranoia and sexual alienation of the early 60s.
A Single Man still stands as a vivid portrait of life behind a veil, and Firth certainly delivers one of the best performances of the year.
His first time out, Ford has made one of the best films of the year.
In this beautifully tailored drama, content and style have as vital a relationship as George and Jim did. The one would be lost without the other.
Audience Reviews for A Single Man
A deeply touching film with a beautiful cinematography and art direction, a wonderful score and a remarkable direction by fashion designer Tom Ford. Still, what stands out more than anything else 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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|George Falconer:||It takes time in the morning for me to become George, time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave. By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I'm supposed to play.|
|Charley:||"my future is my past".|
|George Falconer:||No, you have lots of friends. .|
|Charley:||My Future is My Past|
|George Falconer:||a life without sentiment is a life I don't want to live|