A Single Man (dir. Tom Ford) 2009

A Single Man is a day in the life of George Falconer, who is grieving over the sudden death of his partner, 8 months prior. It is set in California in 1962. Public expression of his grief would have been socially unacceptable at that time and repression is a major theme of this film.
Colin Firth was nominated for an Academy Award for his part, he is in every scene and his performance is remarkable. He portrays a man barely able to keep his emotions in check despite years of practice of self-restraint. However, he is also aware that this discipline makes the liberation all the more sweet when it comes.
I can imagine that the idea, based on Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel, would have been difficult to pitch to a film studio, so it not a surprise that it was self-funded by the director, Tom Ford. It is his first film and he does an amazingly good job.
Everything about this movie is beautiful; the clothes, the sets, the music. I loved “A single Man” and I recommend it, but do expect to leave the cinema in a contemplative frame of mind.

8 thoughts on “A Single Man (dir. Tom Ford) 2009”

  1. Thank you for this reminder, this is my sort of film entertainment. Thought provoking and emotional. I can’t get enough of Colin Firth, such an expressive face.

  2. I liked this film a lot; Colin Firth was amazing in it, possibly even better than he was in “The King’s Speech,” which he won an Oscar for. I love the character of George, so proper and withdrawn yet smart and funny. btw, I think “A Single Man” was a novel, not a short story, so you might want to look into that and change it if need be. Nice review!

    1. Thank you, you are right! I will change this as soon as I get home. I thought I’d remembered reading it as one of a collection of 4 novellas years ago – but obviously not! Thanks.

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