A Single Man directed by Tom Ford, follows the events of a single day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), an English professor living in Southern California, reeling from his memories of the death of his long-time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode), who died in a car accident eight months prior. In narrative voiceover, he announces his plan to commit suicide that evening.
George then receives a phone call from his good friend Charley (Julianne Moore). He then goes about his day preparing for his evening plan, putting his affairs in order as he thinks back on his departed love. While at school, George comes into contact with a student, Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult), and the two begin an unexpected connection. Later, George meets with Charley, who seems to long for a deeper relationship with George and can’t understand his previous relationship, which upsets George.
George goes to a bar, and discovers that Potter has followed him to it. The two end up having a grand night together, and Potter stays the night at George’s place. When George wakes up, he finds that Potter slept in another room, holding his gun, and having prevented his plan of suicide. This awakens an understanding in George, who then locks away his gun and burns his suicide notes, making peace with what happened before, and then dying of a heart attack.
“Some films aren’t revelations, exactly, but they burrow so deeply into old truths about love and loss and the mess and thrill of life, they seem new anyway. A Single Man is one such film, one of the best of 2009.”
— Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Did You Know
The marketing campaign of the film A Single Man elicited a degree of controversy as early trailers and film posters emphasized the relationship between Colin Firth and Julianne Moore’s characters over the main relationship central to the story, resulting in cries of “de-gaying”, which were later rectified via updated trailers and other marketing materials. Review our Gay Themed Films here