A Single Man

A Single Man

Tom Ford (2009)

96min
12 Certificate
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Review

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Colin Firth's strength is his ordinariness and he uses it here to great effect in fashion designer Tom Ford's assured directorial debut. Presenting a façade of dull and unemotional respectability as the eponymous single man, an English academic living in Los Angeles, he's seemingly your average Joe. However, in reality, he's struggling to come to terms with the death of his gay partner (Matthew Goode) at a time (the early 1960s) when attitudes were very different from what they are today. The impetus of the film concerns Firth's contemplation of whether life is worth living without his lover - he buys bullets for an old gun - so there is a kind of suspense as he seemingly prepares to end his anguish. Will the attempts of a male student (Nicholas Hoult) to break through his reserve or an evening spent with boozy best friend Charley (Julianne Moore) change his mind? Ford directs with panache and style, alluding mischievously to Hitchcock, both visually with a poster of Psycho and musically with Abel Korzeniowski's score echoing the great director's best-known composer Bernard Herrmann. It all adds to the drama and turmoil within Firth's beautifully realised character.

Summary

A gay British academic living in 1960s Los Angeles is devastated by the death of his partner in a car crash, and his grief is compounded by his lover's family refusing to let him attend the funeral. He decides to commit suicide, and takes a day to put his affairs in order, but the people he meets change his hopeless outlook on life. Drama, starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore.

Cast & Crew

George Colin Firth
Charley Julianne Moore
Kenny Nicholas Hoult
Jim Matthew Goode
Carlos Jon Kortajarena
Alva Paulette Lamori
Jennifer Strunk Ryan Simpkins
Mrs Strunk Ginnifer Goodwin
Director Tom Ford
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Other Information

Language: English, Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: IconGuidance: Nudity and some swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Feb 2010
Drama