This week I watched the movie A Single Man directed by Tom Ford with Colin Firth. I have to say that I was blown away by the amazing acting in this film. Not only was I captivated by the play on visuals which I will get to in a minute, but the way the story drew me in, I felt as though I was there with him feeling every emotion he had.
Here is a trailer of the film...Please notice there are NO words, just visuals...Notice how it captivates you. Focus on how you feel while watching it.
Well...pretty captivating right? Well for me I had never heard of the film or seen a trailer for it until this week. But I have to say that, that is what I loved about the experience of watching it. When I saw the title I thought it was just going to be about a man that has never found love or had lost a great love. While this film is about losing a great love, it is also an eye opener to how deeply a loss can transform your everyday life, and how far one can fall into a depression.
The use of visuals in this film are so subtle, but important. You begin to pick up on how the director wants you to feel within the first minute of the film. The main character has a wardrobe of only black and white, he himself is depicted as unhealthy by having an almost gray town to his skin, while everyone else around him look bright, tan in color, with bright blue eyes. In this film there were moments of silence, and just various shots of visuals, and trust me it is brilliant! Sometimes words are not needed. This film is an amazing depiction of how we on the outside really have no idea what one may be feeling, and the meticulous planning that they me doing to end their own life. I encourage you to watch this film if not for the amazing story but to see just how brilliant visuals can be when there are no words.