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A Single Man

  • Drama
  • 2009
  • Tom Ford
  • 96 mins
  • 12A
    More info: UK: Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over (unless accompanied by an adult)

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.

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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

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Details

Theatrical distributor
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Released on
2010-02-12
Language
English
Guidance
Nudity and some swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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GeorgeColin Firth
CharleyJulianne Moore
KennyNicholas Hoult
JimMatthew Goode
CarlosJon Kortajarena
AlvaPaulette Lamori
Jennifer StrunkRyan Simpkins
Mrs StrunkGinnifer Goodwin
Mr StrunkTeddy Sears
Christopher StrunkPaul Butler (1)
Tom StrunkAaron Sanders

Crew

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DirectorTom Ford
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