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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Colin Firth
Julianne Moore
Matthew Goode
Nicholas Hoult
Directors
Tom Ford
Screenwriters
Tom Ford
Running Time
101 minutes

A Single Man
Oscar contending performance from Mr. Firth in Tom Ford's directorial debut.


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A Single Man

Plot
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.


Verdict
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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