In 2010, Colin Firth won the Academy award for the best Actor for 'The King's speech' but he was already nomminated a year before for this movie and, honestly, I thought he was here even better, giving easily the best performance of his career. Firth is basically on every single scene and he is just pitch-perfect during the whole thing, carrying the movie on his shoulders. I have to say I was quite amazed by Tom Ford's directing which is even more impressing when you think that it is actually his directing début. The only complain I would have is that the movie was actually too short and even if the main character was very well developped and quite fascinating, the other characters didn't get much attention and I actually wanted to know more about them. Still, it is quite a spellbinding feature dealing with various themes such as life, death, love, homosexuality and depression. To conclude, I thought it was a fascinating performance in a really interesting movie and it is definitely worth a look.