It is 1962 and George Falconer (played by Colin Firth) is a 52 year old British university professor teaching in Los Angeles. George is gay and eight months ago his partner of many years Jim (by Matthew Goode) was killed in a road accident. George is still in deep grief. At this time, being gay was not socially acceptable – a person could lose their job or shame their families if homosexulity was discovered, so life was difficult and cruel.
This story (an adaptation of the 1964 novel by Christopher Isherwood) tells of one day in George’s life. On this day he sets off for his work as usual, during the day he connects with his close friend Charley (played by Julianne Moore) who is also a troubled woman. On the same day, George also meets student Kenny (by Nicholas Hoult) and spends some time with him, feeling almost like a normal human being again. George’s grief permeates every scene and interaction he has in this story.
This movie is beautifully made and the design is immaculate (probably overly) – this is fashion designer Tom Ford’s first movie and his style sense is clear. Colin Firth’s performance is superb – he expertly portrays this man whose calm, controlled exterior hides an inner world of pain where he struggles to find anything to live for.
(Made in 2009)