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  • 11:46:42 pm on March 27, 2010 | 0

    Although it was not the films intention, I found it to be a moving film that challenged our prejudices towards gay relationships.

    The film is based on the 1964 novel written by Christopher Isherwood, about George Falconer (Colin Firth) and his unhappy single day as a single man following the death of his partner Jim (Matthew Goode).

    Colin firth plays George, who is a fine Englishman professor based in Los Angels teaching English. His partner Jim dies very early on in the film but continues to be featured through flash backs.

    Colin Firth’s acting is phenomenal and effortlessly transforms you through all the emotions one experiences as the result of the untimely death of a loved one. As someone who never has enough hours in the day and always chasing my tail,  of all the emotions that exist, loneliness, is the one I least understood – until now.

    The film is directed by fashion designer John ford and his creative style is evident in the tempo of the film and the smoky, surreal camera work. Although beautiful, it’s what prevents the film from having mass appeal.

    There are some great moments along with some thought proving topics.  One of those is our preconceived ideas about gay relationships.  His best friend Charlie, played by Julianne Moore who is also his ex-lover, talked about the prospect of them getting back together again now that Jim had died, after all, she  rationalised, his relationship with Jim was simply a substitute for the real thing.

    At that point I remembered a female friend who was in love with her gay friend and ow I struggled to get my head around it. When I asked her why she was in love with a man who clearly wouldn’t be interested in her,  she said she felt men were only gay because they hadn’t found the right woman yet.  So this part of the film made me realise that this peculiar thinking was more widespread than I  initially thought.

    Another great moment in the film was when during a college lecture they talked about the issue of fear.  The fear of gays, the fear of black culture, the fear of the unknown.  It was simply phenomenal with the issues relating to fear covered in more depth than you could ever imagine.

    I describe this film as a Fine Earl Grey, not only because of  Colin Firth’s brilliant portrayal of the stiff upper lip Englishman, rigid on the outside, with the same fears as everyone else on the inside but also for his fine acting. And just like Earl Grey, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.  But for those who do have a taste for something differnt, it’s great.

    3.5 stars


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