Tom Ford's film "A Single Man" went into its World premiere at the Venice Film Festival yesterday morning as a massive question mark. Nobody knew what iconic fashion designer Ford was capable of as a filmmaker, and many feared "Man" might end up more a vanity project than anything else. But reviews for the film - starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore - have turned cautious curiosity into genuine anticipation for those not on the Lido: In his final dispatch from Venice, indieWIRE's Shane Danielsen called "Man" an "extraordinarily moving" love story, comparing it to Louis Malle’s great “Le Fou Follet"; Variety's Leslie Felperin called it "luminous and treasurable"; Screen Daily's Lee Marshall said Ford "gets it spectacularly right first time round." The film also won two awards in Venice this morning - the Queer Lion for best gay-themed film, and best actor for Colin Firth's lauded lead performance.
This all makes for intense interest in "A Single Man" as it heads into its North American premiere Monday night in Toronto. The film does not have a U.S. distributor, so if the reception Monday is anything like the Venice reviews are suggesting, expect quite the buyer's frenzy.
This gorgeous trailer was posted online yesterday: