Set in 1962, A Single Man tells the story of George Falconer, an English professor who is trying to find the meaning of life after his partner of 16 years, Jim, died in a car accident eight months earlier. Waking up is painful and everything just follows a bland routine which holds no meaning to him anymore. He decides to commit suicide and sets about to get his affairs in order. In a meticulous fashion, he arranges his clothes and shoes for the funeral, letters to his housekeeper and best friend Charley, insurance and stock papers right down to the last detail (a note detailing his preference for the Windsor knot for his tie). On his last day at school, a student Kenny Potter (Nicholas Hoult) takes an interest in him and tries to get to know him better.
The movie has a very strong sense of grief all over it. You feel George’s sadness as he reminisces about his past with Jim and how mundane his life feels at the present. It’s quite amusing to see him trying to commit suicide because it can be quite difficult to find a perfect position to shoot himself. Kenny Potter, on the other hard, is a mystery. I cannot really tell which way he swings but I don’t think it matters because you can tell they kinda connect as individuals and in life, it is very difficult to find someone whom you can connect with. 4 out of 5 stars.
George Falconer: A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be.
Anyway, look out for Nicholas Hoult’s piercing blue eyes!