A Single Man (2009)
Director: Tom Ford
Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult
What sets A Single Man apart from all the other LGBT films is that it's not about the struggle of coming to terms with one's homosexuality. Unlike Brokeback Mountain, which works hard to convince the viewer that love between two men is possible, A Single Man understands that as a given.
Set over the course of one day in 1962, the film stars Colin Firth as George, a college professor contemplating suicide in the wake of the the accident that killed his long-time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode).
Directed by designer Tom Ford, the Oscar-nominated masterpiece is gorgeous, with visuals that are just as captivating as the sadness it depicts. —TA