Fashion designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man, an adaptation of Isherwood’s 1964 novel of the same name, was released in 2009. The film tells the story of George, a British University Professor living in South California, trying to cope with daily drudgery of life after the loss of his life partner Jim.
Colin Firth plays George in the film and does it extraordinarily well, conveying George’s feeling of utter loss very touchingly. I must admit, I think Colin Firth was becoming dangerously close to becoming Hugh Grant mach 2, i.e. so irreversably typecast as the bumbling british chap, but with this role he completely breaks away from this, hopefully opening doors into more interesting roles.
Julianne Moore gives a characteristically wonderful performance as George’s best friend and Skins star Nicholas Holt proves there’s more about this boy with a very convincing performance.
As you would perhaps expect from a fashion designer come director, the film is breathtakingly beautiful which cleverly plays with colour and music which combined with the all round great performances and brilliant story results in a truly immersive and moving yet ultimately, I believe, uplifting film.