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
This is an important homosexual film based on a first-rate novel with a first-rate cast and probably a harbinger of similar movies to come. Many viewers will be disappointed that the movie only hints at intimacy rather than showcasing it.
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.
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.
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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