A SINGLE MAN                               Time:  Noon
 
Director: Tom Ford
USA, 2010
Running Time: 99min
 
Set in Los Angeles in 1962, this is the story of a British college professor, superbly played by Colin Firth, who is struggling with his life after the sudden death of his young partner.
 
His adjustment is made unbearable by his late partner’s family refusing to acknowledge the depth of the relationship between the two men. He receives some solace from the support of his neighbor, played by Julianne Moore, but the story focuses primarily on his coping with loss, isolation, and loneliness.
 
The subtlety of Firth’s facial expression of emotion is truly remarkable and probably  contributed to his receiving many awards.
  
 
IN THE GRAYSCALE  
(En La Gamma De Los Grises)       Time:  2:10     Contains Sexual Content
 
  
Director: Claudio Marcone
Chile, 2015, 98 Minutes Running Time
Spanish with English subtitles


This sensitive, well-acted romantic drama puts a delicate and mature twist on the classic coming-out story. Filmed in Santiago, Chile, it follows an emotionally ill-at-ease, married architect’s journey of sexual discovery, which switches into high gear after he meets an intriguing gay man.

When we first encounter successful 35-year-old Bruno, he has just made the difficult decision to separate from his loving wife in order to sort through his feelings. His concerned family calls it a selfish choice, and the couple’s young son is understandably confused and hurt by his doting dad’s decision to leave, but their familial bond appears strong. After Bruno is approached to design a new architectural landmark, he is introduced to Fernando, a local tour guide with unique access to the soul of Santiago’s gorgeous cityscape, both ancient and modern. This professional hookup quickly turns to flirtation and much more, complicated by the undeniable chemistry—intellectual and physical—between the leads. It is further complicated by Bruno’s ambivalence about his own sexuality, as opposed to Fernando’s contention that being gay is black or white—one simply is or one isn’t.

The grayscale of the film’s title exists between the old world and the new, certainty and doubt, straight and gay. Is Bruno gay or bisexual? Is he confused or incapable of commitment? The answers turn out to be not so black-and-white. Moreover, looked at in a larger context, the film subtly shows how attitudes in Latin America are changing regarding homosexuality.