A Single Man [DVD]
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Former fashion impresario Tom Ford directs this drama based on a short story by Christopher Isherwood. In a BAFTA-winning performance, Colin Firth stars as George Falconer, a middle-aged English professor in 1960s Los Angeles, who is grieving the recent death of his long-time partner Jim (Matthew Goode). The relationship between the two men is traced in a series of flashbacks. Meanwhile, over the course of a single day, George dwells on his past and his seemingly bleak future; seeks consolation from his closest friend, Charley (Julianne Moore); has an unexpected encounter with a Spanish prostitute (Jon Kortajarena); and is stalked by over-enthusiastic student Kenny (Nicholas Hoult).
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Director Tom Ford deserves much praise for his adaptation. As a first time director (his day job is in fashion) who had to finance the film himself, he shows a mixture of patience and flair that will take him far in the world of film. The way the film slowly unravels its intentions without giving anything away too early (at one point I thougth Charley would turn out to be some kind of high-class working girl!!!) is beautifully rendered.Read more ›
Much has been made of the fact that the movie looks beautiful and it does, but more than anything else it's the acting that really lifts the movie towards perfection. Colin Firth shows a side I had not appreciated in him before, projecting tremendously understated but heartbreaking emotion both in the way he delivers his lines and his non-verbal acting. Perhaps with the gravity of the subject there was a risk that this would lurch towards melodrama but that absolutely never happens. In fact quite often the movie is funny as well as profoundly moving.
Visually the movie is perfect but I was struck by the quality of the sound effects as well. The way certain emotions and characters don't just project their own effect on the visual world of the movie but also carry their own sound theme throughout the movie opened the door to the main characters experience of the world in a way I had not expected.
Beautiful and unforgettable. A perfect debut.
It sounds like this would make for depressing viewing but somehow it doesn't. George is brilliantly portrayed by Colin Firth in a role completely different to the rom-coms he is so often associated with. For me, he was utterly convincing and really manages to convey this character in an understated yet sympathetic way. There are also flashes of real humour throughout. Julianne Moore plays his gin-soaked, ex-pat best friend, who seems to have been based on Ab Fab's Patsy. I usually love Julianne Moore but I found her self-indulgent character a little difficult to reconcile with the rest of the film. I haven't read the book though so maybe this is exactly how she is portrayed.
The film is directed by Tom Ford, the ex-Creative Director of Gucci, and is, as you would expect, a real visual treat. Painstaking care and attention has been lavished on ensuring the era is perfectly captured and I felt I had been transported back to the sixties. Apparently the design team that was used for the film was the same one that worked on the TV series Mad Men, which is set in the same era.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A truly beautiful film based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood. This is one unique movie about deep and beautiful emotions expressed openly, truly and with grace. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nini
This was an hour and a half of my life that I won't get back. I was attracted by the author and the cast but the absence of any real plot or action was a disappointment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lanza rote
I've not watched many Colin Firth films, and didn't realise which Tom Hardy it was that made this film until after! haha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This film is beautiful. It manages to be simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Like Brokeback Mountain, it is a love story, a tragedy and a parable. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David in Hertfordshire
Poignant and emotional as well as thought provoking. Colin Firth is perfection and his acting beautifully conveys the struggle of grieving and finding meaning after the passing of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Karrie
A terrific and very human movie, well played and beautifully photographed.
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