Set in Los Angeles, in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, A Single Man, is the story of George Falconer, a 52-year-old British college professor ( Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim ( Matthew Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closes friend Charlie (Julianne Moore), a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George’s, Kenny ( Nicholas Hoult), who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. Source: A Single Man.
A Single Man is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
Despite the fact that I may have not picked up on the psychological inferences, I loved it and will be adding to my collection. I loved the makeup, costume design, music and story. Most especially, I the men handsome as hell; even the brief appearance of Jon Kortajarena.
I found the story romantic and I think that is the major reason I like this movie. I found the humor in this movie clever. I loved the discussion that about how we experience the world from within the confinements of our mind/body and the discussion about minorities/fear.
I found it odd that a gay relationship developed in a straight bar and long for the ease with which George is able to flirt.