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A Single Man (2009)

Drama, Romance

Director: Tom Ford
Writers: Christopher Isherwood, Tom Ford, David Scearce
Starring: Julianne Moore, Colin Firth, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Goode

Torn apart by the death of his long-time lover, college professor George Falconer (Colin Firth) experiences the most transformative day of his life. Blending past and present, desire and despair, George discovers that love persists even after the object of love is gone.

Set in sun-drenched 1960s California, with stunning production design by the same team that brought you TV’s Mad Men, A Single Man features critically acclaimed performances by Julianne Moore and Matthew Goode and marks the breakthrough directorial debut of Tom Ford.

Plot summary from IMDb: It's November 30, 1962. Native Brit George Falconer, an English professor at a Los Angeles area college, is finding it difficult to cope with life. Jim, his personal partner of sixteen years, died in a car accident eight months earlier when he was visiting with family. Jim's family were not going to tell George of the death or accident, let alone allow him to attend the funeral. This day, George has decided to get his affairs in order before he will commit suicide that evening. As he routinely and fastidiously prepares for the suicide and post suicide, George reminisces about his life with Jim. But George spends this day with various people, who see a man sadder than usual and who affect his own thoughts about what he is going to do. Those people include Carlos, a Spanish immigrant/aspiring actor/gigolo recently arrived in Los Angeles; Charley, his best friend who he knew from England, she who is a drama queen of a woman who romantically desires her best friend despite his sexual orientation; and Kenny Potter, one of his students, who seems to be curious about his professor beyond English class.

Awards: Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 39 wins & 57 nominations.
Runtime: 99 min



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