A Single Man takes place over the course of one day, supplemented by flashbacks.George is planning his suicide as neatly as he has lived his life: He sets out the suit he wants to be buried in, writes letters to the few people in his life who matter, cleans out his office, buys ammunition for a gun, and experiments with different positions for doing the deed.
Life interferes with his plans — people, really, but I dont want to reveal more. I’ve read several reviews, and I have to warn you that although the reviewers avoid spoiling the ending, the online commenters have no such compunction. I advise you to see the movie before learning how it ends.
Although this is clearly Colin Firth’s movie, other actors deserve recognition: Julianne Moore who plays Charley, his best friend, who is still trying after all these years to get him in bed again (they tried it, before Jim); Matthew Goode, the appealing Jim in flashbacks; Nicholas Hoult, a beautiful young man, a student of George’s who yearns to connect with George.
A Single Man was directed and co-written by Tom Ford and was based on the novel by Christopher Isherwood, which I’m now eager to read.
If you’re looking for fast action and flashy scenes, A Single Man isn’t for you. It’s a film for people who are willing to watch, absorb, listen, and feel. I loved it.
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