Single Man
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A Single Man

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Director: Tom Ford

Cast: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Hoult

     
 

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George Falconer (Colin Firth) feels lost. Not only is he still grieving the death of his longtime companion, Jim (Matthew Goode), but he's also a Brit teaching English at a California college. He's so distraught with heartbreak that he's decided to kill himself, and proceeds to get all his affairs in order

Overview

George Falconer (Colin Firth) feels lost. Not only is he still grieving the death of his longtime companion, Jim (Matthew Goode), but he's also a Brit teaching English at a California college. He's so distraught with heartbreak that he's decided to kill himself, and proceeds to get all his affairs in order while carrying on with what otherwise would be a normal day. He gives an unusually forceful lecture to his class, revealing enough that a perceptive student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), senses something is wrong with the professor; collects his important financial papers from his bank; buys bullets for a handgun he owns; and makes a visit to his best friend (Julianne Moore). But throughout these methodical preparations, George keeps running into people -- a colleague's daughter, a attractive gay hustler, and the sympathetic Kenny -- who offer him glimpses of why he should stay alive. A Single Man is the directorial debut of legendary fashion designer Tom Ford.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that the characters in internationally celebrated fashion designer Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, are costumed impeccably, but it is surprising to see how assuredly he expresses their inner lives as well. George Falconer (Colin Firth) feels lost. Not only is he still grieving the death of his longtime companion, Jim (Matthew Goode), but he's also a Brit teaching English at a California college. He's so distraught with heartbreak that he's decided to kill himself, and proceeds to get all his affairs in order while carrying on with what otherwise would be a normal day. He gives an unusually forceful lecture to his class, revealing enough that a perceptive student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult), senses something is wrong with the professor; collects his important financial papers from his bank; buys bullets for a handgun he owns; and makes a visit to his best friend (Julianne Moore). But throughout these methodical preparations, George keeps running into people -- a colleague's daughter, a attractive gay hustler, and the sympathetic Kenny -- who offer him glimpses of why he should stay alive. Ford -- with co-screenwriter David Scearce -- has fashioned a remarkably good screenplay from Christopher Isherwood's novel. George is the kind of man who's very comfortable with himself, but very uncomfortable at how others will react to him -- he has an understanding that some people will never accept him because of his sexuality. His inherent Britishness makes it easy for him to hide his pain from his associates, and Colin Firth inhabits the role with formidable grace and ease. It's pretty much impossible to believably play a clinically depressed character and make him charismatic at the same time, but Firth does it. Our hero isn't charismatic in the regular sense, but Firth expresses his intensity, intelligence, and deeply felt love for Jim with such naked honesty that it's impossible not to care for George -- to genuinely fear that he will choose death over life. Firth dominates the film, but he's far from the only actor who gets to shine. Moore has what amounts to an extended cameo, but her typical excellence shines through as Charley -- George's boozy best friend and onetime lover. Jon Kortajarena impresses as Carlos, a young hottie George flirts with while buying gin, and with a minimum of screen time, Matthew Goode makes us understand why George would be so devoted to Jim. Ford deserves much credit for the script, but his directorial instincts, while ambitious, don't necessarily serve the material. He overdirects, occasionally fading from color to black-and-white and back again during a single shot, and using vastly different lighting on characters that are in the same scene with each other. He's obviously good with the actors -- or, at the very least, smart enough to hire exceptionally talented performers and get out of their way -- but he pushes too hard on the visuals, something that afflicts many first-time directors, and something all the good ones outgrow. A Single Man offers evidence that Ford has a career in movies if he wants it, but it's most memorable for giving the criminally underappreciated Colin Firth the chance to reassert himself as one of the most talented actors of his generation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/2010
UPC:
0043396353831
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
18:20:00
Sales rank:
2,709

Special Features

Director's Commentary; The Making of A Single Man Featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Firth George Falconer
Julianne Moore Charley
Nicholas Hoult Kenny
Matthew Goode Jim
Jon Kortajarena Carlos
Paulette Lamori Alva
Ryan Simpkins Jennifer Strunk
Ginnifer Goodwin Mrs. Strunk
Teddy Sears Mr. Strunk
Paul Butler Christopher Strunk
Aaron Sanders Tom Strunk
Keri Lynn Pratt Blonde Secretary
Jenna Gavigan Other Secretary No. 1
Alicia Carr Other Secretary No. 2
Lee Pace Grant
Adam Shapiro Myron
Marlene Martinez Maria
Ridge Canipe Young Boy
Elisabeth Harnois Young Woman
Erin Daniels Bank Teller
Nicole Steinwedell Doris
Tricia Munford Cashier

Technical Credits
Tom Ford Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jason Alisharan Co-producer
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Lori Dovi Sound/Sound Designer
Eduard Grau Cinematographer
Abel Korzeniowski Score Composer
Andrew Miano Producer
Julia Michels Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Middleton Casting
Elaine Offers Makeup
Arianne Phillips Costumes/Costume Designer
Ian Phillips Art Director
Robert Salerno Producer
David Scearce Screenwriter
Joan Sobel Editor
Stephen Trask Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Weitz Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Single Man
1. Scene 1 [3:20]
2. Scene 2 [4:18]
3. Scene 3 [3:47]
4. Scene 4 [3:11]
5. Scene 5 [2:24]
6. Scene 6 [2:04]
7. Scene 7 [1:52]
8. Scene 8 [5:02]
9. Scene 9 [3:36]
10. Scene 10 [2:52]
11. Scene 11 [3:11]
12. Scene 12 [2:20]
13. Scene 13 [2:25]
14. Scene 14 [4:11]
15. Scene 15 [3:15]
16. Scene 16 [2:53]
17. Scene 17 [4:48]
18. Scene 18 [4:37]
19. Scene 19 [3:10]
20. Scene 20 [5:47]
21. Scene 21 [3:23]
22. Scene 22 [5:46]
23. Scene 23 [2:53]
24. Scene 24 [1:17]
25. Scene 25 [1:58]
26. Scene 26 [3:40]
27. Scene 27 [2:03]
28. Scene 28 [10:08]

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A Single Man 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
jjleonard More than 1 year ago
What a movie! And I am not gay! Beautiful story!
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A Single Man is the story of one day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a 52-year-old British college professor in Los Angeles in 1962. It's a poignant examination of longing and grief and hope. Both the movie and soundtrack (by Abel Korzeniowski? & Shigeru Umebayashi) is a must to experience and will stay with you long after. Based on the 1964 novel of the same title by Christopher Isherwood, Tom Ford (writer, producer and director) has truly given us all a gift.
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Phil_In_Seattle More than 1 year ago
Was not a bit drawn into this movie! Feel that you have to watch a movie till the end to tell if it is any good(which I did), I was gravely dissapointed!! The Characters were good but the plot was poorly lacking, it told a "Gay" story that perhaps gay individuals would find appealing, But I Did Not!! I Do not recommend this movie! Would like to get my money back!! Dissapointed in Seattle!!