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A Single Man: Mini analisis

May 20, 2019

If you read me often, you would easily realize about how much I love Tom Ford, fashion icon, an area in which I'm an illiterate, it's obvious I didn't meet Tom Ford through his work on fashion, but rather on his work on cinema. Just like a friend from my university, Tom Ford is a man who wants and can do anything he wants, and as an extra, he knows how to do it. Although he has only two films up his sleeve, Tom Ford has proven to be highly capable of making films of the highest quality, the first one being "A Single Man", based on the homonymous novel of the radical author of the '60s, Christopher Isherwood; the film tells the story of George (Colin Firth) an English literature teacher who recently lost all life motivation after the sudden death of his lover, Jim. It's been eight months since the accident, and George has suffered a lot, he's been left entirely alone, trapped inside a world where he's forced to fake perfection, depriving himself of the person he is, and on the way, his true emotions, feelings and his biggest desires, this has led George to decide this will be the last day of his life.

About a year ago, I talked a little about this film on Cinema para promedios, a review in which I believe I did not make this film seem as good as it is; looking back, it feels more like a synopsis. A Single Man is a wonderful film, I've been entirely seduced by it and it's intricate and stylish design, story, and emotions that connect with someone like me. I do not doubt that "Nocturnal Animals" is very superior to this one, but that doesn't mean it's not a wonderful work.

George is completely alone, he lives on a jail of secret that he has built on his own. This idea is fueled by the cinematography, shooting him on his jail, or framing him on his complete solitude. The absence of color tells us what George is feeling, a world with no color could mean nothing more than a world without meaning, without happiness. However, this is not true at all, the world recovers it's coloring whenever he's around another human being, like a Spanish guy who dresses like James Dean, or being with his best friend, Charley (Juliane Moore), o when he spends the night with one of his students (Nicholas Hoult).

On A Single Man we really get the idea of what Ford meant when he said that people are not disposable, a topic that becomes the main theme of his latest Nocturnal Animals, however, on A Single Man we realize that we should not let our past stop us, that we can recover.


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