A Single Man

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I saw Tom Ford’s first film “A Single Man” the other night. May I just list every word in the Thesaurus for “beauty” and leave it at that?  Go and see it the first chance you get.  It is a stunning, hauntingly captivating directorial debut.  Truly mesmerizing in it’s  immaculate attention to detail, simple dignity and restraint,  not once does this film raise it’s voice  yet the pure and startling emotion emanating from the screen leaves you feeling almost punch drunk.   T. Ford captures the era effortlessly, which comes as no surprise but is no less thrilling for it.  Colin Firth is unbelievably heartrending and Julianne Moore is, as always, perfection. OMG- what a film debut.

Two white-cuffed and perfectly manicured thumbs up.

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Photos from Theglobeandmail.com

A review from

The Times Online:
It’s no surprise that the feature film directing debut of fashion designer Tom Ford is a thing of heart-stopping beauty. He celebrates the male form with a sensual reverence. He uses colour with the visual articulacy of Wong Kar Wai and frames his shots with elegance and wit. It looks like a Wallpaper magazine photo shoot styled by Douglas Sirk. But what is a little more unexpected, certainly for those who were suspicious of Ford’s background in the ephemeral world of fashion, is that this is no frothy, throwaway piece of pretty silliness. Rather it’s a work of emotional honesty and authenticity which announces the arrival of a serious filmmaking talent. There will be critics who will be unable to get past the director’s background, but rest assured: Tom Ford is the real deal.
In the role of George, Colin Firth gives one of the finest, most affecting performances of his career. Two moments stand out: a flashback to the fateful telephone call which told him of his lover Jim’s death. The camera rests steadily on his face as his world crumbles. It’s a devastating piece of acting. And there’s a lovely little detail later in the film – George buries his face in the fur of a terrier puppy, recapturing the sense memory of doggy smells and happier days spent with Jim and their own pets. More than anything, it’s Ford’s eye for evocative details like this that makes A Single Man such an impressive debut.

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Click for original trailer on S.P.’s “A Feast For The Eyes” (Before the Weinstein Co. changed it)

3 Comments

  1. Tom Ford’s movie is a feast, scrumptious – he is a wizard (no surprise) with the visual. I could cite twenty “moments in time” when I caught my breath with the simplicity of beauty – it is exacting but in a lucious, rich, roll you around in the era and “place” kind of way. It felt real – but duhhhhhhhhhh, he created it. Some of that beauty is raw and it sort of rushes at you, an odd feeling since the movie is, in general, relatively still and contemplative, but with tension. Thinking back, I know it is a cascade of elements – the power of the visual, the exquisite cast, and the clear costant feeding of the message teaspoon at by teaspoon that haunts…. follows you home.
    I was caught by surprise at the strength of impact. The script is genius, I am not exaggerating – you will see what I mean – defines a slice of his passion. I saw Mr Ford in a question and answer session, it was clear that his heart is wrapped through the script, which is palpable in the movie and then cemented when you see him in person. It is not till you hear him speak – he is a great speaker – oral storyteller – that I realized it is more than passion, he started with a concept at the beginning of the movie and it was slowly, beautifully honed till the end where…well you will see – we all end up with the essence. I love that it was about living – just living, with clarity and joy. It honors love with a rare purity and honesty that makes one yearn to be on George’s couch or George’s friend and feel cherished…to know you have been truely loved and you have truely loved in return.
    I will see it again.

  2. I’m scared to watch that trailer, I started watching it but it looks like it’s going to give the whole movie away.

    I trust your glowing review, I’ll go see it as soon as it comes to a theatre near me.

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