A Single Man



Colin Firth has been Oscar nominated for his role in this film. Deservedly.

Based on a short novel by Christopher Isherwood, the film tells the story of a day in the life of a middle aged Englishman living and working as a college professor in Los Angeles in 1962. He’s gay and his long term lover died some months ago. He doesn’t wish to go on living. I’m not giving the whole story away – this is all revealed at the beginning. The core of the film is how he spends the day, remembering the past, planning what will happen, and encountering other people. It’s an impressive debut feature from Tom Ford, which proves what I already knew – that Colin Firth is one of the best actors working today. But I’m afraid the oscar will go to Jeff Bridges, who isn’t.
(Actor award at the Venice Film Festival).

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