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Genre Drama
Running Time 99 min
Release Date Dec 11, 2009
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A Single Man

In Los Angeles 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis George Falconer, a 52 year old British college professor is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim. 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 lead him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley, a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with… Show more

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December 25, 2009 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

There are three professionals and one amateur at work in “A Single Man,’’ but only one of the four really matters. The first professional is the late Christopher Isherwood, upon whose novel the movie is based. Isherwood, a writer whose short stories gave birth to the musical “Cabaret,’’ was an openly gay artist in a deeply closeted age, and “A Single Man,’’ which takes place in a single day, is about the pain of the closet. In it, a college professor named George, an Englishman living in California, mourns the death of his lover in a car accident. Simply put, it’s about the grief that dare not speak its name.

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Dec 13, 2009 - danabiz on A Single Man
Read the novel if you haven't!

It's a visually beautiful film, but most of all I'm grateful to Tom Ford for effectively bumping Isherwood's brilliant novel to the top of my reading list, as I made sure to read the book before seeing the movie. Changes are inevitable in a film adaptation of a novel that deals more with thoughts and feelings than with dramatic action, but not all of the changes worked for me in this case. I think Ford took the beauty angle over the top, and his imitation of Wong Kar Wai and Pedro Almodóvar struck me as excessive. Isherwood's partner Don Bachardy is credited as a creative consultant for the film; I'd be interested to hear his opinion of the changes, and also whether any perhaps arose from long-ago conversations with Isherwood himself.

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