It has been eight months since his lover died, and he still grieves. He was seven years old. It's a strong cast and Firth and Moore in particular turn in great performances. No student is interested, except Kenny , who may be less interested in the lecture than the lecturer. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening.
Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. The sight of a revolver waiting in a drawer makes this unmistakable. The trailer for A Single Man. They talk in a code long practiced. He's so good at this, it must have been rehearsed since youth. He is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty, and is stalked by one of his students, Kenny.
But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Synopsis George Falconer feels lost. She has prepared for their date. Read full profile Gay grief, Gucci-style. George Colin Firth is a college professor who recently lost his lover, Jim, in a car accident. He projects a cool, impenetrable facade. Advertisement He sees himself as impeccable, reserved, ironic, resigned, detached.
More happens later in the evening, but you will see for yourself. Goode is the boyfriend who dies in a car accident and appears in flashbacks. Read full profile Cashmere mourning jacket by Tom Ford. Firth's relationship with Goode is told in brief, touching flashbacks, which feel like real memories. A gay man who, after the sudden death of his partner, is determined to persist in his usual routine, which is seen in the span of a single, ordinary day in Southern California. He works in a subtext about those who do not conform.
I think it was Ford's responsibility to suggest it, perhaps through violations of the facade: a stain left overlooked on a tie, a careless remark, a car badly parked. Many designers are known for their own faultless appearances. Charley is seen in his way, which may not be hers. No one will ever see anything in George to complain about. He's of course alluding to homosexuality, but how appropriate this general message is in 2017, when the outcome of fear has been so clearly felt in U. Terribly grief-stricken, George plans to commit suicide. I assume the film faithfully reflects George's idea of who he is, how he behaves, and what it means.
Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. He is single because he's unmarried and single because he's homosexual; the phrase was used at one time with a lifted eyebrow. A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a British college professor who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim. He has another life and wasn't driven to the rigors of filmmaking. You will receive a weekly newsletter full of movie-related tidbits, articles, trailers, even the occasional streamable movie.
If Ford doesn't scream inside, and I have no reason to believe he does, perhaps the film faithfully reflects his idea of himself and George. Her hair is piled up and cemented in place, her makeup perfect, their dinner elegant. Moore plays a friend of the professor. He is consoled by his friend Julianne Moore , but is having a lot of trouble snapping out of his despondency. He also recognizes those singular moments in life when one sees with absolute clarity, and the way director Tom Ford tells us this is touching and profound. A student's Nicholas Hoult attraction to him is told very subtly, in the eyes.
It is horrible that this may be the most meaningful relationship right now in either of their lives. She gives him gin and sympathy, but it's more ritual than comfort. Firth is morose, but shaken out of his routine and contemplating life and death, takes the opportunity to tell people kind things, the things he normally wouldn't have expressed. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. I sensed there were shrieks of terror and anger inside, bottled up for years. Perhaps our imagination is a protective strategy.
Trailer for A Single Man on TrailerAddict. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. Now, in California, he had only his lover, and his lover is dead. . The words apply for me to those situations where we imagine the reality to be quite different than it really is. His game plan is apparently to complete this day in an orderly way, and then shoot himself, still above reproach. She offers sympathy she barely means and which he barely feels.
His evening is spent with Charley, who is always a little drunk or a little drunker. Firth plays George superbly, as a man who prepares a face to meet the faces that he meets. Colin Firth is an English professor whose partner, played by Matthew Goode, has died in a car accident. It may work for George, but it didn't work for me. His only friendship is with Charley , a sad alcoholic of a certain age with whom he once, briefly, had a try at a heated affair. Not only is he still grieving the death of his longtime companion, Jim , but he's also a Brit teaching English at a California college. As Ford's first film, this story, based on a novel by , must have had special meaning.