Year of release: 2009
Director: Tom Ford
Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult, Ginnifer Goodwin, Teddy Sears, Jon Kortajarena, Paul Butler, Keri Lynn Pratt
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 8
Synopsis:The debut film from fashion designer Tom Ford is an adaptation of a Christopher Isherwood novel. It follows the story of George, a middle aged British man living in Los Angeles in 1962. George is a college professor, is single and his partner Jim has died almost a year ago in a car crash. George has never grown out of love with his partner and has difficulty living now that Jim is gone. The film follows George throughout his day, as he makes arrangements to depart.
The debut film of Tom Ford is an exquisitely shot film that follows the life of a man for whom the past is still his present. George relives each moment of his past life trying to grasp and hold on to things that are gone but who still haunt him. When George connects with his young student Kenny, suddenly realizes that life is made of each and every moment, his epiphany allows him to put all his life in perspective. The film is impeccably designed, from the shots who are gloriously photographed, to the costumes. The performances are high caliber, with strong points going to Colin Firth, for finally playing a character who unravels and feels. Julianne Moore is as always perfect, playing a woman who knows is after someone who can never love her back, but somehow can't help feeling compelled to try again. A fantastic debut worth seeing.