— by RACHEL COYNE —
“A Single Man” is an emotional drama that stars Colin Firth. And that’s about all I need to know to decide that I will eventually be seeing this.
For those who need a bit more …
Based on a Christopher Isherwood novel, “A Single Man” tells the story of one man’s struggle to go on after suffering a great loss. Set in 1962, it follows one day in a British professor’s life in Los Angeles after his long term boyfriend has suddenly died in a car accident.
The trailer doesn’t give much away — not even a snippet of dialogue — but there are plenty of shots of longing looks and flirty glances set to a morose tune, so you know that yes, this is an arty film, and yes, there will be plenty of emotional drama.
Rounding out the cast is an impressive, but not ostentatious, group of actors, including Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin and Nicholas Hoult. “A Single Man” has already played at several film festivals and received mostly positive feedback from both critics and audience members, with Firth’s heartbreaking performance already creating a bit of Oscar buzz as the awards season starts to gear up.
Colin Firth in any role tends to make me a bit swoony; Colin Firth mourning the loss of the love of his life may very well push me over the edge.
“A Single Man” goes through the grieving process in limited release on Dec. 11.
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