This is a very untypical movie, mainly because of the fact that the man responsible for directing it was previously known only as a high-end fashion empire’s creator. A Single Man deals with homosexuality and its struggle to gain support during the post-war era in the USA. But it’s mainly a sad story about human’s inability to cope with a sudden departure of a loved one. It’s very slow-paced, with a lot of quiet sequences made to present its very sorrowful tone. The general presentation, in a highly graceful manner, makes it appear as an independent art movie, reserved for a specific group of viewers.
This movie is as stylish as Tom Ford’s clothing collections. He took care of everything, from the smallest details. The interior designs are subtle and very modern, the clothes are high-class. Even the ways the actors speak make the dialogues seem like an artistic flow of carefully chosen sentences. And the Californian aura is so fantastically pleasant to look at; it almost makes you want to be there.
In its very subtle art form it delivers a notion so profound, that it’s almost shocking. Within the visually beautiful and dream-like cinematography you can actually feel the tenderness and overwhelming grief coming from the main character, George. During his last day on Earth (he intends to commit suicide later on) he travels around town and meets many very different people. There is his friend from England, Charley, who tries to help him cope with the loss and in the meantime wants to strengthen the bond between them and make him ignorantly fall in love with her. Then there is also Kenny, a teenager on the verge of discovering his true sexuality. Through all of the encounters George tries to remember how wonderfully he felt like near the departed Jim and that the hole in his heart can never be filled.
Colin Firth did a really good job as the protagonist. The grievous show that he puts on, with the help of his rich assortment of mimicry abilities, makes his performance believable. And even though he seems phlegmatic at times, in this artistic visage he is like some divine creature purposely meant to be damned for eternity.
It’s a very true story that every one on of can relate to at some point. There are many different ways of dealing with death of someone close to us. Some will probably recover after, some will not. Then there are those, who will respond with the most extreme thoughts. But sometimes even in the darkest moment there is always a possibility of encountering someone or something that will make one believe there is another purpose to stay alive for a little longer.