Los Angeles, 1962. Ex-pat college professor George Falconer (Firth) is haunted by the death of Jim (Goode), his soulmate of 16 years, in a car crash. Over the course of one day, he listens to his colleagues’ banter about the Cuban Missile Crisis, gets drunk with old friend Charley (Moore), and receives advances from student Kenny (Hoult) — all the while fastidiously planning his death.
It sounds like a downer but A Single Man is exciting, emotionally alive filmmaking, a potent cocktail of style and substance. And Firth thoroughly deserves the Oscar.
Reviewed by Ian Freer
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