George: [whispered] Just get through the goddamn day. "
'A Single Man'
George wants to get through his goddamn day as he says. He takes us through a day, 24 hours. His lover, Jim has died, and the family will not recognize George. He cannot say a proper good-bye, but he remembers and grieves for Jim every day. He wonders if he will ever love again, or will he spend his life looking for love. George is a professor who is not able to share with his students his inner self, and this is troubling to him. George has a student looking for something, a bit of humanity in the days of the '60's. And, George, well he is looking too.
Colin Firth plays George in a performance like no other. We are engrossed and emerged in this man. His facial expressions convey so much emotion, it is sometimes difficult to keep watching. He is absolutely fascinating, and this is a performance to remember. Tom Ford is the director, and he has given us a glimpse of a gay man who is grieving. Mr Ford has structured a film around one man and his day, and this is a film that conveys everything that we might expect and more. Julianne Moore plays the woman who loves Geroge and wants more, but it is not to be. She is a woman alone and looking just as George is. Their dancing to 'Green Onions' by Booker T and The MGs is priceless and a sign of the 60's. The performances in this film are all extraordinary.
George is trying to put all of his things in order. He wants to take his own way out. He is a man who is precise but not natty. A man who looks good and dresses his part. Colin Firth is withdrawn and in pain, but we see hints of the man who wants life. His neighbors, friends and colleagues know him as one man, and we get to see his other side. All perfectly put together as he remembers his lover, Jim. This is a film to remember and to think about and to applaud.
Recommended. prisrob 07-28-10
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