A Single Man

{4/5} “If there’s going to be a world where there’s no time for sentiment, then that’s a world I don’t want to live in.”

A Single Man, released in 2009

George’s partner of 16 years, Jim, has died and he’s been drifting through life ever since. We follow George through his interactions with various people on a day when he’s made a momentous decision. His relationship with Jim is told in a series of flashbacks. George is a literature professor, but in the middle of today’s lecture he launches into a discussion of minorities and fear. It’s 1962 so everyone’s worried about the Cold War.

This isn’t the movie for you if you’re looking for car chases and explosions. In fact, it proceeds fairly slowly for a modern movie — George is stopping to smell the roses, as it were.

Colin Firth (King George VI in The King’s Speech) plays George, and carries the movie as he’s in every scene. Julianne Moore (the woman who doesn’t go blind in Blindness) plays Charley, his friend and former lover — she’s fabulous as always. Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White in the TV show Once Upon a Time) has a small role as a neighbour. The movie was directed by Tom Ford (formerly a fashion designer) — it was his first.

The music was by Abel Korzeniowski, who I’d previously been unaware of — the music fit the story, and was different enough to be interesting.

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