Blown away by “A Single Man”

A Single Man...mindblowing!

Yoda and I went to see “A Single Man” yesterday. It’s been a weekend of movies actually – we also saw “Up In The Air” today which we both liked.

But it was “A Single Man” which really blew us away and which continued to stay with us long after we left the cinema. I woke up about 4 times last night and each time my first conscious thoughts were about the movie. Still trying to process it.

It is very rare that I find a film stays with me like that and refuses to leave my consciousness. It was just such an amazing experience on so many levels – the cinematography, the colours, the story, the acting and not least, the music. The soundtrack is incredibly evocative and feels like another character in the movie.

Much has been said of Colin Firth’s acting in “A Single Man” and I can only agree. It is so restrained, almost suffocating – yet we’re always aware of the battles and struggle being fought inside.

I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live as Gay man and be in a long term relationship back in the early 60s. And to have your lover, your life partner of 16 years die so instantly and tragically and to not be able to tell people about it. Not be able to get the support that would automatically be offered if you were in a heterosexual relationship. I guess there are some people around the world who are still in the same position almost 50 years later – but I just can’t begin to fully understand living like that in 1962. It would make living in Sydney’s western suburbs in 2010 feel almost cosmopolitan!

This movie is an incredibly beautiful film – from the use of colour (or lack of), the period sets, the way the camera is used – the close-ups and off centre shots. It just all comes together amazingly. It is a film that both Yoda and I came out of the cinema saying “I need time to process that.” And I’m still processing it.

Just describing the storyline and saying the acting is first class doesn’t do the film any justice. I felt as if it was a movie I “experienced” rather than simply watched. Does that make any sense? Probably not. 🙂

If you are thinking about seeing it, please do so at the cinema – it will just lose so much power on a TV or computer screen. To really experience the full visual magic of “A Single Man,” you’ve got to see it at the movies.

I know it is a movie I want to see again but I need some time before I do that. It is still spinning around in my brain and my central processor is overheating trying to take it all in! 😉

The clip below is just a promo shot of the movie and a few minutes of the music playing. I’ve had this on repeat all last night and again this evening. I want to buy the soundtrack CD but of course it isn’t released in Australia at the moment. F****** record companies.


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