A Single Man is based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Isherwood. Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, it is the story of a British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner. The story is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
I wasn't crazy about this movie - too slow for my tastes - but in a way those same flaws make this a great soundtrack to listen to. It's got a very moving, very emotional feel to it. It's very soft, relaxing music. I recommend it for background music while you're working or reading a good book.
So often when viewing a film as fine as A SINGLE MAN the components that add to the story and the acting and the direction, if they are truly well done, go unnoticed. And perhaps that is the real mark of a fine musical score: it underscores the mood and propels the story along without calling attention to itself. But after repeated viewings of this particular film on DVD the music finally can be appreciated for what it is. The personality of George, so very shattered by the … more