Published by ANNE DENIAU aka ANN RAY

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Or : I like "A single man". I really do.
 
I come back on "A Single Man", since I cannot think of anything else right now. A journey. And this movie deserves more than what I've been writing quickly.
 
A single man, II, then. A double - single man ? ;-)
Yop, I've been thinking. This movie rings too many bells, maybe. Who cares ? ;-)
 

 
Words 
 
From simple quotes to long sentences that could not be more explanatory and precise. Jewels :
 
"And just like that..." 
 
Who hasn't experienced that feeling, that sometimes major decisions, major moments, major directions are suddenly given with full simplicity : suddenly, everything falls into place. There has been a crack-up, you know there will be, for ever, before and after. You were lost, trapped in something, a situation, a grief, a problem, and suddenly you move forward. This is the next step. It's clear, and cutting. And most of the time, silent. But you will never come back to the point before. It happens "just like that...", when all the things pushed at the back of your mind combine and take form in an obvious decision that cannot be avoided. And people around may be surprised but nothing can change. It's done. Another step.
 
This is summarized wonderfully too in the last words of the movie, a voiceover :
 
"A few times in my life I've had moments of absolute clarity, when for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it was meant to be."

About past, present and future. The whole movie deals with the accuracy of present, actually. And the end of present :
 
" I always used to tell him that only fools could possibly escape the simple truth that now isn't simply now : it's a cold reminder. One day later than yesterday, one year later than last year, and that sooner or later it will come."

(Past, present, future, this makes me think of a beautiful but not so wellknown text by Gainsbourg. I'll come back to it a bit later. Everything cannot be mixed.)

About these parts we play, especially in some intricate situations :
 
"It takes time in the morning for me to become George, time to adjust to what is expected of George and how he is to behave. By the time I have dressed and put the final layer of polish on the now slightly stiff but quite perfect George I know fully what part I'm suppose to play."
 
I suppose Gemini in particular can fully understand this familiar feeling. Or how to answer Alice question : "Who am I ? " with this tricky answer, sometimes : "Whoever you want me to be". Waohh, I'm diving deep today, you know what ? Let's not talk about truth and identity... ;-) Not here, not now.
 

Images
 
Of course you may think of many references when watching these images. The colors, the frames, the atmosphere, everything. The use of slow motion. The eyes. So many eyes in " a single man". Watching, escaping (And what is true : what I've seen, or what I decided to see ?). Anyway. Wong Kar Waï, of course. 2046. I cannot speak about this movie. Cassavetes. I know that's a honor to quote the unique Cassavetes as a reference, but it's fair enough. And even my absolute masterpiece, Teorema by PPP (Pasolini). I'm convinced that Tom Ford, like I do, knows Teorema by heart...

Voilà, things like that :

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Music

Last but not least. It sounded familiar, in a way. It stayed, I still have it in mind. Especially the "clock-tick", but not only. I know now why it sounded familiar : One of the composers   - 
Shigeru Umebyashi - has been working extensively with Wong Kar Wai, notably on "2046" and of course "In the mood for love". But the newcomer here is a polish composer called Abel Korzeniowski. Remember this name, because his music is food for the soul.

[01, 19, 16 by Abel Korzeniowski • 17 by Shigeru Umebyashi]










Just as a reminder, the shivering emotion of Yumehji's theme...(Shigeru Umebyashi) :



And since we're here, the unique "secret garden"... 2046. Oui... :





A single man.
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Finally maybe this film is nothing else than a visual, musical and philosophical meditation on loss and love. In the most elegant, subtle, poetic way. Like a whisper. The last thing I expected from Tom Ford. And therefore this movie stands for what it is : a pure gift. To be kept, inside. Like a whisper. A simple whisper.





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